Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Education and Skills
Summer Works Scheme
170. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the decision not to grant the application by a school (details supplied) for funding under the emergency works scheme will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9044/19]
I wish to advise the Deputy that the purpose of the Emergency Works Scheme (EWS) is solely for unforeseen emergencies or to provide funding to facilitate inclusion and access for special needs pupils.
An emergency is deemed to be a situation which poses an immediate risk to health, life, property or the environment which is sudden, unforeseen and requires immediate action and, in the case of a school, if not corrected would prevent the school or part thereof from opening.
In light of the above, the application submitted by the school referred to by the Deputy was not considered to be eligible for funding under EWS.
It is open to the school to apply for funding under the next Summer Works Scheme to address the issues concerned.