Overtime in Mayo County Council has been cut by a staggering 76 per cent in the last four years. Expenditure has fallen by 20 per cent, and pay has fallen by 18 per cent.
The figures were revealed in an interim report by the County and City Managers’ Association (CCMA) to the Local Government Efficiency Review (LGER) Implementation Group. The report revealed that €830 million in financial savings has been made at local government level between 2008 and 2012, with the four Mayo Councils among the local authorities ‘leading reform in the public sector’.
In Mayo, expenditure has been reduced from €152 million in 2008 to €130 million, while pay was reduced from €57.8 million to €47.6 million and expenditure has fallen from €4.7 million to €1.1 million. County Manager Peter Hynes said the savings have been achieved while maintaining front-line services, and that the county council would continue to implement the policies and changes necessary to ‘deliver first-class services at the lowest possible cost’. “These savings were achieved through significant efficiency gains, with payroll costs substantially reduced. Mayo County Council has already reduced its staffing numbers by 360 between 2008 and 2012.
“Mayo County Council’s commitment to the Government Reform Agenda is clearly seen by its contribution to the achievements detailed in the CCMA report, and this reform process will now enter its second stage”.
Mayo County Council said the success to date has been achieved by the staff of the Mayo Local Authorities, unions and management working together to create greater efficiencies. Cathaoirleach, Cllr Cyril Burke said “The collaboration of the staff and unions with the elected members in delivering these savings without any significant industrial unrest or disruption to services is to be commended.”