Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

Local Government Performance Indicators and Public Spending Code: National Oversight and Audit Commission

Mr. Michael McCarthy:

I remember one and I cannot remember the particular local authority but it had an impressive turnaround time compared to others. I think it was Waterford city. With others, I think it was just the system used to prepare the house for reallocation. They might have a number of contractors they would go to do these works and that would bring an element of immediate skill and expertise plus the materials to that particular site, as opposed to depending on their own outdoor staff or their internal staffing. That is one that jumps off the top of my head but I have been chair of NOAC for over four years and that has been a running issue. There have been improvements in some occasions but it is a running issue for us. It is definitely an issue we are keeping a watching brief on, to showcase the good practice around that to encourage other local authorities to do the good work that Waterford, for example, is doing, and to use our annual seminar to showcase that practice to bring about an improvement in the figures on the turnaround times for re-letting local authority homes.


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