Dáil Éireann - Volume 592 - 09 November, 2004
Written Answers. - Household Expenditure.
Mr. Healy-Rae Mr. Healy-Rae
 350. Mr. Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will take into account all household expenditure such as bank, credit union loans and mortgages when assessing for higher education grants (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28083/04]
Ms Hanafin Ms Hanafin
Ms Hanafin: The assessment of means under the higher education grants schemes is based on gross income from all sources, with specified social welfare and health board payments being excluded from the calculation. Under the schemes reckonable income is defined as income from employment-pensions; social welfare in certain circumstances; self employment-farming; rent and income from land-property; deposit-investment accounts; maintenance arrangements; and gifts-inheritances and disposal of assets and rights. I have no plans at present to depart from the above practice in respect of the determination of income.
Dáil Éireann 592 Written Answers. Household Expenditure.