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LAMA Conference

28th & 29th September 2012 Seamus Neely County Manager Donegal County Council

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Local Government Reform 

‘Reform’

To Improve by Alteration or Correction of Abuses’ ! Collins Dictionary 2


L.G. Purpose & Objectives  Developmental 

Role

Economic, Social, & Cultural

 Representational

Role  Service Delivery Role  Emergency Response Role  Regulatory Role

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Wider Context  External

Environmental Factors  Public Service Agreement  Programme for Government  Ability to sustain local Revenues  Location!  Burden of ‘Compliance’ Costs  Implications of Downturn

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Reform - Customer Service   

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Balance between Central & Local Access Cost Implications Role of ‘partnering’ with other agencies Trade offs necessary to sustain service Use of existing points of delivery Greater use of IS and Social Media Role of Communications and PR Setting & Meeting Realistic Expectations 5


Considerations Prioritisation  Outputs / Outcomes  Financial Sustainability  Governance vs Performance  Competitiveness 

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History of Reform  Barrington

– 1991

Constitutional Recognition  Devolution of Functions  10 yr contract,  Ultra Vires relaxed  3 levels 

Regional, County, Sub County 7


1996 Reports  Financing 

(Ireland) – KPMG

Funding gap predicted

 International 

Financing – KPMG

Fewer functions in Irl

 Towards

Cohesive Local Govt…

Town Councils  Work Together 

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Better Local Government  Enhance

Local Democracy  Widen Participation  Serve Customer Better  Efficiency Drive  Resources to follow (need)

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Better Local Government  Strategic

Policy Committees  Corporate Policy Group  Directorate Based Management  Specific Community and Enterprise function  Alignment LG & Local Dev 10


Range of Options  Role

& Function

Range of Responsibility  Responsibility vs Agent  Plan Maker vs Plan Taker  Economic Charge vs ‘Grant’  Citizen vs Service Centered 

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Range of Options  Decision

making

Reserved vs Executive  Elected vs Non Elected 

 Local

vs Regional / Other  Town vs County / City Sub County / City  Amalgamations 

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Range of Options  Alignment

LG, LD & LEOs  Shared Services 

Economic unit Size

 Delivery

Options

Outsourcing Delivery  Outsourcing Function 

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Presentation by Seamus Neely