The WRC budget for 2019 is €14.95 million for pay and non-pay. This represents an increase of circa €1 million on the WRC’s 2018 allocation. The additional funding which has already been provided in 2019 is to enable the WRC deal with the anticipated increased workload arising from An Garda Síochána gaining access to the WRC and to facilitate an improved delivery of the full range of WRC services to regional locations.
The Labour Court budget for 2019 is €3.16 million. This represents an increase of €60,000 on the Labour Court’s 2018 allocation.
Adequate resourcing of both the Labour Court and the WRC is a commitment in the Programme for Government and I am confident that the supports that have already been put in place for the WRC and the Labour Court are sufficient to deliver on their mandate.
While no decisions have been taken on the 2020 estimates, my Department will continue to work closely with the WRC and the Labour Court in monitoring its staffing and budgetary requirements, including anticipating future resource requirements, to ensure that they are supported and adequately resourced to fulfil their roles.