Local Authority Budgets 2016

Key Point

Local authorities plan to spend €4.1 billion in 2016. This note explains where the money will come from and what it will be spent on.

Local Government Income

There are thirty one local authorities in Ireland. They have an aggregate income of €4.1 billion for 2016. Table 1 illustrates the nominal income attributable to different sources, such as commercial rates (36%) and the local property tax (7%) for this year. The category ‘Other’ encompasses any credit balance carried by a local authority, as well as the pension-related deduction.

Table 1

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Figure 1 highlights the proportion of income from each source. Commercial rates are the largest contributor at 36 percent, followed by goods & services income at 31 percent, and grants and subsidies (from central Government) at 24 percent. Income from goods and services come from items such as rents and other charges.

Figure 1
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(Source: Local Authority Finances.com, 2016)

Local Government Expenditure

The thirty-one local authorities in Ireland plan to spend €4.1 billion in 2016. Table 2 illustrates the breakdown of this expenditure by service division, and figure 2 shows the proportion each service will receive this year on an aggregate basis.

Table 2

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Figure 2

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(Source: Local Authority Finances.com, 2016)

Notes:

1 This combines two service divisions of local government, namely; ‘Agriculture, Education, Health & Welfare’ and ‘Miscellaneous Services’.

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2 Comments

  1. Kathy Phelan 15 Aug 2016 at 6:17 am

    Hello
    When a Local Authority spend an excessive amount on an HR issue where can information be got on the total spent. Is there anywhere this can be queried please. Can FOI be applied to realise total spend on this matter?

  2. News Editor 22 Aug 2016 at 9:33 am

    Hi Kathy,

    A Local Authority should be able to inform you about the process of querying its expenditure. The corporate services department of a Local Authority can provide information making an FOI request.

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