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Written Answers - Capitation Grants

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 No. 1

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 61.  Deputy Patrick Nulty Information on Patrick Nulty Zoom on Patrick Nulty  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if provision will be made to assist schools in difficulty as a consequence of the cut in capitation grants to schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19422/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn As the Deputy is aware Budget 2012 provided for a 2% reduction in the funding for capitation and related grants to primary and second level schools in both 2012 and 2013 and a further 1% in 2014 and 2015. Due to my decision of 21st February last, to retain posts from previous disadvantage schemes in DEIS Band 1 and Band 2 primary schools, it was necessary to generate alternative savings within the primary education budget. This has been achieved by bringing forward to this year 1.5% of the 2% reduction in overall capitation funding originally scheduled for 2013. Given the scale of our economic crisis, these necessary but difficult expenditure reduction measures cannot be revisited. I have no scope to introduce new or additional funding measures to assist schools.

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