Thursday, 25 May 2006
Dáil Eireann Debate
Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science (Miss de Valera): VTOS programmes are delivered in VEC premises, adult education centres, and premises rented by VECs specifically for the purpose of delivering the VTOS.
VECs are given an annual non-pay grant to cover the cost of overheads such as light, heat, maintenance of premises, purchase of equipment, and provision of books and materials for students. In January 2006 VECs were given an increase in this non-pay funding from €19,046, to €22,600, for each core group of 20 students. This represents an 18.66% increase.
Since 2001 each VEC who incurred rental costs, has been given a supplement towards such costs. In 2005, this supplement, given to 21 VECs, amounted to just under €1 million. In 2006, approximately €6.2 million will be given to VECs to cover these non-pay items.
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