Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Department of Education and Skills
Minor Works Scheme Applications
157. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when payment of a minor works grant will issue in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44477/14]
Circular Letter 0062/2013 which was published, as the Minor Works Grant for the school year 2013/2014 issued last November in the amount of €28m, states "the grant will only be paid in future years as funding permits". The focus under the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme 2012-2016 is on meeting the demand for additional school places. At this time there is no funding available within my Department's 2014 financial allocation for the payment of the 2014/2015 Minor Works Grant.
I am aware that whenever my Department is in a position to issue a Minor Works Grant (to all primary schools with permanent recognition) that it is welcomed by school communities and management bodies including the school in question as a valuable contribution towards the cost of maintaining school infrastructure.