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“ Local self-government denotes the right and ability of local authorities, within the limits of the law, to regulate and manage a substantial share of public affairs under their own responsibilities and in the interests of the local population”
The preamble to the European Charter asserts that Local Self-Government entails :-
“ The existence of local authorities endowed with democratically constituted decision-making bodies and possessing a wide degree of autonomy with regard to their responsibilities, the ways and means by which those responsibilities are exercised and the resources required for their fulfilment”.
Impact of reductions evident in many service areas.
No infinite ongoing reductions possible without severe consequences for services – ever higher prioritisation.
So far and despite the reductions, the LA Sector through prudent management at both elected and executive levels has avoided any regular mention because of service difficulties, in the main evening TV news bulletins even though the sector is responsible for providing many essential services on a 24/7/365 basis and the many implications of that.
Report recommends the compatibility of the ICT systems of LAs and their reporting bodies – this would be beneficial.
Need for much greater streamlining of returns and questionnaires from Govt. Depts. and state bodies – better co-ordination required at national level.
Too many approval stages in capital projects – concentration should be on critical stages only.
National fixed price contracts need review in the light of experience.
DBO contracts need review, as well.
Report recommends that LA housing rent be deducted from social welfare payments at source. This is welcome but such deduction should include LA Housing Loan Repayments, as well, and apply to all Social Welfare payments