Council improves performance in key service areas
The Local Authority Performance Indicator Report 2018 has just been published and it shows that local authorities are improving their performance in a number of key service areas. The Report indicates that overall, local authorities are performing well when it comes to road maintenance, housing stock, commercial rates collection, job creation, corporate issues such as technology and social media engagement, employment levels and increased use of public libraries.
The comprehensive 100 page report from the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC) is packed with statistics on the performance of all 31 local authorities under 37 different performance indicators. Data for the report was collected by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) on NOAC’s behalf.
The following are just some of the key findings in the report for Wexford County Council.
- Housing. We owned 4,492 social housing dwellings at end of 2018, an increase of 127 houses in the year.
We spent an average of €8,962 to make a vacant house suitable for re-letting - the national average was €18,590.
We spent an average of €1,216 on the maintenance of our local authority houses – this compares to the national average of €1,147
During 2018, our efforts to reduce homelessness yielded considerable success, with the number of homeless at year end dropping from 91 at the end of 2017 to 57 at the end of 2018.
- Environment. 94.53% of drinking water samples from private schemes in County Wexford were compliant with statutory requirements in 2018. This
compares to the national average of 97.06%.
We received 4180 cases of environmental pollution during 2018 - we closed 3960 such cases. The national average number of cases closed was 2544.
- Green Flag status. At the end of 2018, 57.14% of schools in the county held a Green Flag. This compared with a national average is 51.4%. Wexford County
Council provides environmental education and support to schools throughout County Wexford participating in this programme.
- Fire service. It took an average of 5.32 minutes to mobilise Wexford Fire Services for fire calls, and 5.33 minutes for non-fire emergency incidents.
The figures for 2017 were 6.04 and 6.58 respectively
- Public Libraries. In 2018, we issued 465,627 items to library borrowers, compared to 461,245 items in 2017.
The national average in 2018 was 451,495 items.
- Staff The average medically certified paid sick leave to staff rate was 3.72%, compared to a national average of 3.78%.
The average self-certified paid sick leave was 0.37%, compared to the national average of 0.35%.
- Technology &
Social media. The total page views of on www.wexfordcoco.ie in 2018 was 2,200,452, compared to 1,955,621 views in 2017.
The national average for 2018 was 2,490,753 views.
At the end of 2018 we had 29,986 followers of our social media channels.
The percentage of on-line motor tax transactions for County Wexford was up from 69.05 % in 2017 to 72.04% in 2018.
The national average for 2018 was 69.15%.
- Roads The 2018 Report showed that 34% of Wexford’s local road network is classified as structurally distressed – the highest of all 31 local
authorities. As in previous years we will continue to improve our road network subject to funding availability.
Chief Executive of Wexford County Council Tom Enright welcomed publication of the 2018 Performance Indicators Report. “This is the fifth annual report on performance indicators and it provides individual local authorities with a very useful mechanism to view, track and improve on their own performance and compare that performance to that of other similar local authorities” said Mr. Enright.
“We are particularly pleased that the 2018 Report shows an improved performance in a number of areas that we targeted for attention. We look forward to bringing this Report to the Council for consideration and working with the elected members to bring about further improvement in our services to the public.” he said.
The full Local Authority Performance Indicator Report 2018 is available at: