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Written Answers - Higher Education Grants

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 232.  Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16783/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn As I announced last December, the means test for student grants will be amended to take account of the value of certain capital assets as well as income for the 2013/14 academic year.

A dedicated Capital Asset Test implementation group has been established. The group has been charged with bringing forward detailed implementation proposals on new means testing [792]arrangements for student grants, to include the value of assets, for new applicants from the 2013/14 academic year. No decision has been taken on the treatment of farm or other business assets. In the circumstances, I am not in a position to say at this time what assets may be included.

However, any proposals will require further Government agreement and necessitate legislative amendment.


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