Written Answers. - Student Maintenance Grants.

Wednesday, 23 March 1994

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 440 No. 5

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  96.  Ms F. Fitzgerald  Information on Frances Fitzgerald  Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald   asked the Minister for Education  Information on Niamh Bhreathnach  Zoom on Niamh Bhreathnach   her views on whether the student maintenance grants are adequate in view of the emerging evidence of the difficulties which students are facing; and if she will increase these grants.

Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach): Information on Niamh Bhreathnach  Zoom on Niamh Bhreathnach  The Government has already agreed the following improvements in the student support arrangements for 1994: income limits to be increased in line with the increase in the average industrial wage; maintenance grants to be increased in line with inflation, and a discretionary budget to set up a hardship fund with the third level institutions.

It is also intended to review the income limits and the maintenance grants on an annual basis in the light of prevailing budgetary circumstances.


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