Written answers

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Department of Education and Skills

Minor Works Scheme Payments

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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225. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if an increased maintenance grant will be awarded to a school (details supplied). [29332/19]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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I am pleased to inform the Deputy that my Department administers a number of capital grants which together aim to improve and maintain school buildings.

The Minor Works Grant for primary schools may be used to improve the physical infrastructure and appearance of schools. The school referred to by the Deputy has received its Minor Works Grant for 2019.

The Summer Works Scheme (SWS), which is demand based, is designed to allow schools, on a devolved funding basis,  to carry out necessary improvement works that will upgrade existing school facilities and which can be carried out during the summer months or at other times that avoid disrupting the operation of the school.

My Department also administers an Emergency Works Grant, and its purpose 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.

The Summer Works Scheme application form is published on my Department's website as and when each new Scheme is announced while the Emergency Works Scheme application form is permanently available on my Department's website.


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