€200m Saved By Local Government Since 2010

A report published yesterday has revealed that almost €200m has been saved since 2010 through efficiencies in local government.

The Local Government Efficiency Review Implementation Group Report, published yesterday by Minister for Local Government Phil Hogan, found the reductions were made through measures including cuts in staffing, worth more than €98 million.

Other savings were made through cuts of almost €80 million in procurement contracts as well as through sharing services such as human resources and payroll systems.

The group's first report, published in June 2010, contained over 100 recommendations including efficiency measures worth €346 million.

In yesterday's report, the implementation group, led by chairman Pat McLoughlin, said the savings so far were "clear evidence" of the effort made by the sector.

Welcoming the report, Mr Hogan said the "easier savings had started to be delivered".

"Now the focus will be on spreading further cost-saving methods and on developing strong sectoral and shared services approaches," he said.


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