Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Education and Skills
Emergency Works Scheme Funding
The school to which the Deputy refers applied for Emergency Works funding to carry out repairs to the roof of the school building in October 2018. The application was assessed and all the funding requested in the application was approved. The project was devolved to the school authority for delivery.
The school authority subsequently wrote to the Department requesting that the roof be replaced in its entirety. This matter has been considered by officials in my Department and a response in that respect was issued last week. In this response, the school was informed that the mechanism for such a substantial increase in the scope of works is the Summer Works Scheme (SWS) and it was open to the school to apply for funding under a future SWS. This response also noted that no works have been carried out to date on the project already approved for funding,
Notwithstanding the above, the school authority has been informed by my Department that it can submit a further Emergency Works application form for the minimum works necessary to repair the roof.