Minor works grants are on the way to local schools
PRIMARY schools across the North County will receive a Minor Works Grant payment over the coming days for small scale works and improvements, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has said.
Deputy Farrell said the Department of Education is advising all school authorities to use the grant to prioritise fire safety prevention works.
Deputy Farrell said: ‘I am delighted this grant will be paid to all primary schools across the North County over the next number of days.
‘This follows a commitment under Project Ireland 2040 that the Minor Works Grant will be paid on an annual basis to all primary schools.
‘All primary schools will receive a flat rate Minor Works Grant of €5,500 plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil attending a special school or special class.
‘The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50 pupil school and over €11,000 for a 300 pupil school.’
Deputy Farrell explained: ‘While schools have discretion under the Minor Works Grant Scheme in relation to the nature of small scale works and improvements to be carried out to their school buildings, the Department is advising all school authorities to use the grant in the first instance to prioritise fire safety prevention works.
‘The key outcomes from the Department-led programme of fire safety assessments on 55 schools that was initiated last year highlights the need for a strengthened focus on fire safety housekeeping, maintenance and, where necessary, remedial works.’