Fingal County Council records highest proportional increase in local authority housing stock in 2018
Fingal County Council recorded the largest proportional year-on-year increase in housing stock among local authorities in Ireland in 2018, an annual audit of its services has shown.
Some 348 properties, a rise of 6.59%, were added into the ownership of Fingal County Council, bringing its total number of stock in its ownership to 5,211. Some 24 units were sold during 2018.
The report coincides with #YourCouncil, a new campaign aimed at informing the public about how their local authority impacts their daily lives and how they can engage with council services.
The Local Authority Performance Indicator Report 2018 by the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC) found that:
• Fingal County Council recorded a 95.8 % collection performance in 2018, the highest in the country.
• Fingal County Council had the biggest proportional increase in year-on-year rise in its housing stock in 2018, recording a 6.59% rise in stock equating to 348 new properties.
• The average letting time for local authority housing was 26.78 weeks with an average cost of €17,000, resulting in 69 new tenancies.
• 60% of Fingal schools have the Green Flag, which is in the top five in the country.
• 755,668 items were issued by Fingal Libraries in 2018, with the average number of library visits per head of population standing at 3.57.
• Fingal Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) assisted in the creation of 125 new jobs last year.
• Fingal County Council had 98.46% compliance with statutory requirements in relation to drinking water in private schemes.
Commenting on the report, Interim Chief Executive AnnMarie Farrelly said: “Fingal County Council is continually striving to improve its level of services to all our stakeholders across all our departments, whether that is Housing, Community, Environment or Economic Development.
“It is important that the public know where their money is going. We are running a #YourCouncil campaign to better inform the public of how Fingal County Council is working for them and how they can get the most from our services.”
Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien said: “Fingal County Council has a responsibility to carry out services to a high standard, while ensuring the public gets value for money. That is why the results of NOAC’s Local Authority Performance Indicator Report are so important and provide us with an opportunity to assess our performance and identify where efficiencies might be found.
“As the NOAC report shows, we are working hard to meet that challenge, adding to our social housing stock and delivering additional social housing solutions, in line with our Rebuilding Ireland targets.”
The NOAC Local Authority Performance Indicator Report 2018 is available at www.noac.ie.