Local authorities must deliver better value
TODAY we reveal that standards at Cork City Council are not all they should be. In fact, the Environment Department's own spending watchdog has raised very serious questions about failures to deliver best value for local and national taxpayers.
The shortcomings in the management of finances in our second city are not unique. These audit reports also highlight examples of wasteful spending, cost-overruns and poor collection rates for water charges, local rates, and housing loans across the local authority system.
But the situation at Cork City Council is even more worrying for one crucial reason. The auditor finds that management was slow to respond to a "number of areas of concern" following an audit completed in 2012.