Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (109)

Billy Timmins

Question:

109 Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the savings made to date under the Croke Park agreement; where these savings were made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32765/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Expenditure)

The Implementation Body for the Public Service Agreement published its Second Annual Progress Report in respect of Year 2 of the Agreement (12 months ending March 2012) on 13th June last which found, inter alia, that:

Pay bill savings of €650m were achieved during the year under review (Apr 2011 to Mar 2012) driven largely by the reduction in staff numbers, or €521m net of an estimate for the maximum possible post-February recruitment over 2012. An estimated €810m in sustainable pay bill savings has therefore been achieved during the first two years of the Agreement.

Administrative efficiency (or ‘non-pay') savings totalling €370m were reported for the review period. Adding non-pay savings presented in last year's Report totalling €308m, gives a total of €678m in non-pay savings in the first two years of the Agreement.

Further details on the savings are contained in the Body's report which was laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas and is available on www.implementationbody.gov.ie.