Written answers

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Departmental Correspondence

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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219. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the case of a company (details supplied) will be reviewed; the status of payment from her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17816/21]

Photo of Josepha MadiganJosepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
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Summer Provision 2020 – Reconnecting with Education, was a significantly expanded programme for children with complex special educational needs which aimed to re-establish the child’s relationships and connection with school and their peers as a basis for learning and participation and to help the child to re-engage in learning and social activities and help them adapt to new routines and changes.

The programme aimed to ensure, in so far as possible, that the child would reintegrate/transition into their planned education setting for the next school year with their peers. In-school or home-based supports by teachers and SNAs helped to prevent regression among children with special needs.

All completed payment claims were processed and paid within the agreed timeframe.

The case referred to by the Deputy involved ongoing delays in submitting completed payment claim forms. I understand the applicant recently submitted completed forms and my Department has issued payment.


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