Tuesday 14 January 2014 07.04
Brendan Howlin is expected to announce plans for further staff reductions
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin will unveil his latest public service reform proposals later today.
Plans to complete the rationalisation of state agencies, promote digital delivery of services, and improve service provision for the citizen across the State sector are expected.
Public service reform has been a challenging cornerstone of the Coalition’s political agenda at a time when money has been scarce and demand for services has risen dramatically.
The next tranche of reforms will maintain the focus driving cost down, including through further staff reductions, while improving the service to citizens.
The document will advocate increased digital delivery of services.
It pledges to complete the controversial rationalisation of State agencies – the so-called quango cull – by this September.
There will be further amalgamation of functions such as payroll and pensions in shared services initiatives.
The reform document also flags further outsourcing, including for debt management and medical assessments.
It is hoped better procurement practices could deliver savings of €500m over three years.
Improved property management should also secure savings.
The report outlines sectoral targets, including providing broadband in every post-primary school by the end of this year, and GP access without fees for all by early 2016.