Minister for Environment, Housing and Local Government has announced that savings of just under €162 million have been made in local government under the Croke Park Agreement, up to March of this year, between pay and non-pay.
 
The majority of €130 million of the savings were made through restructuring and productivity and performance initiatives. Local authorities also achieved significant savings of €26 million through improved procurement, particularly, in respect of the procurement of energy, waste, chemicals and machinery. The reduction in staff in the sector has reduced by 6,600 (whole time equivalents) since mid 2008, including a reduction of 1,300 in the reporting period between March 2010 and March 2011.

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