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Thursday, 16 December 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Departmental Funding

Photo of Aodhán Ó RíordáinAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour)
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413. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of the additional allocation of funding that has been made available to the minor works programme for primary schools in the announcement made at the beginning of December 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [62858/21]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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The payment of a minor works grant totalling €45 millionfor primary schools and special schools as part of additional support in the context of Covid-19 was announced on the 13th of December 2021. This is broken into €30 millionallocation of Minor Works Grant and a top up allocation of €15 million.

This significant increase in funding for schools will enable them to address both their minor works requirements and also to address small-scale ventilation improvements at school level as a short-term mitigation measure, should they require to do so.

Minor works funding is important in terms of supporting the operation of schools generally and particularly within a Covid-19 environment. Schools may also apply for emergency works grant assistance to address larger-scale issues on a permanent basis.

This funding also provides an opportunity for schools to enhance their outdoor learning environments for use as the weather permits.

The minor works grant funding provides good flexibility to address issues at local school level.

The works that can be undertaken under the primary minor works scheme include maintenance and small-scale improvements to school buildings and grounds, improvement or replacement of mechanical and electrical services, the purchase of standard furniture and physical education equipment, the purchase of floor coverings and window blinds and the purchase of IT related equipment etc.

Given that each school setting is different, individual schools are best placed to decide how best to use this funding to address their particular needs.


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