Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (415)

Patrick Nulty

Question:

415. Deputy Patrick Nulty asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of staff who have been lost by the four Dublin region local authorities each year for the past five years, in tabular form and per local authority; if he is satisfied that each of these local authorities is adequately staffed in view of the great pressure facing them and their staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12914/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The moratorium on recruitment and promotion in the public service was introduced in March 2009 in response to the financial crisis. My Department operates a delegated sanction from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for implementation of the moratorium in relation to local authorities, and any exceptions to the moratorium in local authorities require sanction from my Department.

Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each City and County Manager is responsible for staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authorities for which he or she is responsible. In this regard, it is a matter for City and County Managers, in the first instance, to ensure that the moratorium is implemented while the appropriate service levels are maintained. My Department examines all staffing sanction requests on a case by case basis having due regard to the continued delivery of key services in the context of staffing and budgetary constraints. In considering sanction requests public safety, maintaining key front line services, and economic issues are given precedence.

The reduction in staff numbers at each of the four Dublin Region Local Authorities is set out in the table on a whole time equivalent basis (WTE).

Local Authority

Year

Total Staff (WTE)

Staff Reductions (WTE)

Dublin City Council

2007

6874.65

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2008

6931.50

+( 56.85 )

2009

6480.45

451.05

2010

6298.30

182.15

2011

6072.35

225.95

2012

5772.70

299.65

  

Dun-Laoghaire / Rathdown CC

2007

1285.00

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2008

1242.00

43.00

2009

1195.90

46.10

2010

1143.40

52.50

2011

1063.60

79.80

2012

1028.30

35.30

  

Fingal CC

2007

1599.88

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2008

1589.79

10.09

2009

1490.39

99.40

2010

1441.90

48.49

2011

1391.90

50.00

2012

1330.70

61.20

Local Authority

Year

Total Staff (WTE)

Staff Reductions (WTE)

South Dublin CC

2007

1461.50

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2008

1472.25

+( 10.75 )

 

2009

1402.55

69.70

 

2010

1344.70

57.85

 

2011

1277.60

67.10

 

2012

1176.47

101.13

Question No. 416 answered with Question No. 120.