Roscommon council has largest drop in rate collections

Roscommon County Council had the largest drop in rate collections of any local authority last year according to a new report.

The National Oversight and Audit Commission 2017 report also revealed that Leitrim had the highest certified sick leave of any County Council last year.

The NOAC report reveals where local authorities in the Shannonside region are performing well in providing services and where inspectors have found areas of concern.

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Roscommon County Council had the longest average mobilisation time of 7.01 minutes for fires, which it is noted was an improvement on times for 2016 which was reported at 7.49.

Longford rates collection levels have risen by 11% since 2014, but in Roscommon the collection of a rates has dropped from 91% in 2016, to 83% in 2017.

Inspections of new buildings in Longford were marked among the lowest in the country, at just 2.13% in Longford, which the report notes is “unacceptably low”.

Longford also had the highest number of regional roads in the country with surface defects, and a PCSI rating of 7 to 8 while Roscommon was the lowest at 27%.

Leitrim County Council had the highest certified sick leave rate of 4.77% and in a statement to Shannonside FM, the Council claims statistics are reflected as a percentage of the full time equivalent staff numbers at year end.

They go onto say that a small number of long term sickness absences in the context of critical illness is disproportionately impacting on the overall percentage, and excluding extended sickness absences in 2017, the percentage absence rate reduces to 1.76%.