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An Bord Snip Nua & Cúraim Leanaí

Posted on: 21/07/2009

Seo a leanas gearrthóga an Bord Snip Nua faighte le buíochas ón IPPA. Ba chóir go mbeadh leagan Gaeilge den tuairisc seo ar fáil daoibh ach níl. Gabh ár leithscéal mar sin as é seo a chur os bhur gcomhair i mBéarla. Níl sé d’acmhainn ag FNT an méid a leanas go léir a aistriú. Ó tharla go bhfuil gur eolas tábhachtach í, áfach agus mar eisceacht cuirim é os bhur gcomhair as Béarla. Mar eolas, beidh an eagraíocht ag cuir gearán isteach Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga i dtaca easpa leagan Gaeilge na tuairisce seo.

“The Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure programmes – Volume 1

Page no. 17

2.7 Mechanisms for delivering services at local level

Volunteer Centres and 33 County Childcare Committees. Under these headings, funding is provided to 870 local organisations. Total Exchequer funding of the various organisations examined exceeds €350m each year.

The analysis gives rise to a range of concerns with regard to:

(i) the number of different types of local organisation supported;

(ii) the number of individual local organisations which continues to increase;

(iii) the efficiency of a structure which consists of a large number of very small organisations;

(iv) the fact that the various organisation groupings examined are funded and overseen by three Government Departments and four State agencies;

(v) the circumstances whereby the same local body may often get additional funding from different Government Departments or agencies;

(vi) the potential for overlap of functions between local bodies; and

(vii) the difficulties in measuring the contribution that these local organisations make to the objectives pursued.

Merge delivery organisations

The local appraisal step would allow organisations themselves to drive efficiencies through joint proposals. However, the Special Group specifically proposes that the number of organisation types and the number of individual bodies should initially be reduced by merging some functions into a single county/ local authority level organisation. At minimum, the functions of the Partnership/LEADER Companies, County Childcare Committees and Volunteer Centres could be merged and delivered by one organisation per local authority area.

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Department of Finance

30 Merge the Ombudsman for Children, Office of the Data Protection Commissioner with the Office of the Ombudsman

Page 37

The merger of Partnerships and Volunteer Centre structures with County Childcare Committees (funded by the Department of Health & Children)

Page 58

Programme E – National Childcare Investment Programme, youth affairs and other miscellaneous

E.1 Abolish the transitional provisions €2.0m

E.2 Alter the means test by eliminating Band C €5.0m

E.3 Rationalise the administrative structures €3.0m

Programme E savings €10.0m

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Further savings of €513m should be achieved by effecting a 20% reduction in the Child Benefit payments, for example by introducing a standard rate of €136 a month for all children. The Group notes that further options, including taxation or means-testing of Child Benefit, are being considered separately by the Government. The Group also recommends against reintroducing the December weekly bonus payment for 2010 and future years.

Care will need to be taken to avoid the inadvertent accumulation of measures in individual cases.

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Programme B – Children and families

B.1 Discontinuation of the Family Support Agency €30.0m

B.2 Change eligibility conditions for Family Income Supplement €20.0m

B.3 Reduce and standardise Child Benefit rate €513.0m

Extracts from Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure programmes – Volume II

Programme E – National Childcare Investment Programme

The objective of the National Childcare Investment Programme (NCIP) is to create a supply of affordable childcare through the provision of capital grants and also by subventing community notforprofit childcare services to enable them to provide care to disadvantaged families. The total gross allocation for the NCIP in 2009 is €137.6m. The total gross allocation outlined in Table 11.2

for Programme E of €220.4m includes a further €82.8m of expenditure by OMCYA on the Early

Intervention Programme for Children, the National Children’s Strategy and Youth Affairs.

Table 11.6 Health & Children – Measures identified for Programme E

Annual savings

E.1 Abolish the transitional provisions for the NCIP €2.0m

E.2 Alter the means test by eliminating Band C €5.0m

E.3 Rationalise the administrative structures €3.0m

Total Current Savings €10.0m

E.1 Abolish the transitional provisions for the National Childcare Investment Programme

When the original scheme was altered in 2007 it was decided to shift the focus of supports to children rather than crèches. Supports and transitional arrangements were put in place to ensure that existing participating crèches did not suffer a sudden loss of income. It is recommended that these transitional arrangements now be abolished yielding savings of €2m in a full year.

E.2 Alter the means test by eliminating Band C

Funding under the scheme is allocated across three bands depending on parents’ circumstances.

Bands A and B are for children whose parents are on social welfare or in receipt of Family Income Supplement or childcare supplements. Band C is for children whose parents are on low incomes but are not encompassed by Bands A and B. It is recommended that the third band, Band C, be eliminated as the first two are sufficient, yielding savings of €5m in a full year.

E.3 Rationalise the administrative structures

The 33 City and County Childcare Committees are the first point of contact for the public in applying for grant assistance under the NCIP and offer a wide variety of services locally, including advice on setting up a childcare business, training courses for those  considering a career in childcare and advice and support on applying for a grant under the NCIP. In Chapter 2, the Group outlined its view that the number of local organisation types and the number of individual bodies should initially be reduced by merging some functions into a single county/local authority level organisation to reduce the administration overheads associated with local delivery. In this context, it is recommended that the administrative structures for the NCIP, at a cost of €13.3m in 2008, be rationalised to yield savings of €3m in a full year.”

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