Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (119)

Gary Gannon

Question:

119. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the position on access officers in local authorities as provided for under the Disability Act 2005; if each role is filled in tabular form; if each role is full-time and dedicated solely to access issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7788/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for the staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authority for which he or she is responsible.

My Department oversees workforce planning for the local government sector, including the monitoring of local government sector employment levels. To this end, my Department gathers aggregate quarterly data on staff numbers in each local authority on a whole time equivalent basis. However, granular data, in terms of the detailed breakdown of the local authorities which either have or don’t have Access Officers on a full time basis and dedicated solely to access issues is not collected and consequently is not available in my Department. The relevant information would be available from individual local authorities.