Mi­nor works grants are on the way to lo­cal schools

Fingal Independent - - LIFESTYLE -

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.’

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