Statement on Budget 2019: Increase in capitation allowance

Investment in education has been key to the modernisation of Irish society since the 1960s. While a significant proportion of Ireland’s GDP is spent on education, this has been tempered by the significant cuts applied to the education sector endured during the economic downturn. The announcement of an increase in both capital spend on education and an increase in funding of 6.7% facilitating significant additionality of teaching and special needs assistant (SNA) posts is especially welcomed.

Today’s budget announcement of a 5% increase in the capitation allowance (the amount a school receives for each child annually from the State towards…

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