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2 News: Reducing costs in the Local and Community Development Programmes

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan told Brendan Griffin (FG, Kerry S) that he was proposing to reduce the administrative costs of the 51 partnership companies from their present level capped at 35% to 25% over 2012-14 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 27th September 2012, 57-8).  His department had asked the companies to consider reducing the costs of running outreach offices and main offices and suggested they approach their local authorities to discuss the possibilities of their providing low or no-cost facilities that might be used as a service delivery base in disadvantaged communities.  The department had requested them to consider further cost savings by not filling management or non-frontline vacancies for the foreseeable future and not to award salary increases.  Running costs for the LEADER programme were capped at 20% of spending.