1) Given there is no scope for redeployment (according to the Grant Thornton Report and the City Manager), and that 86% of the savings envisaged (plus most of the ancillary savings on phones, training, transport etc.) are based on 67 job losses with 50% - according to this document - due to be lost in the first 18 months after amalgamation, and given that there is now a Voluntary Redundancy Scheme in place, can I ask: who will fund the scheme? What happens if it does not attract the required numbers?
3) What is the timeframe for retirements based on actual retirement age of 67 current staff, who have already been identified - to achieve the required numbers?
4) Why does the Grant Thornton report say that the accumulating city budget deficit is unsustainable? As far as I am aware the City has no substantial accumulating budget deficit? Is this correct? The current County Council deficit is €6,900,000 from information we have been given. How is it proposed to deal with this deficit?
5) In what calendar year will the savings outweigh the costs?
6) Realistically, when can City rate payers expect to see an actual reduction in rates (if it is it possible to say, in the absence of costs)?
7) Why are only the savings being verified? Surely verifying costs are equally - if not more important - as it is possible that they could negate any savings and indeed lead to increased annual running costs as well as substantial capital costs?
8) Where does the City Council fall in relation to the current Employment Control Framework? And the County Council? Does the ECF in relation to the amalgamated Council allow for the fact that we will have to support two ‘main’ offices as opposed to one?
9) Should the Members savings in Year 1 of the Grant Thornton Report only be a half year due to the elections not being held until May/June?
10) Is it realistic that there is no provision in Kilmacthomas for the Comeragh Municipal Area to have an office/staff?
11) How is closure of 3 area offices (Tramore, Lismore & Kilmacthomas) providing enhanced delivery for the public in keeping with ‘Putting People First’?
12) Why is there no financial provision for, or mention of, the office of Mayor for City Metropolitan Area or indeed Chairmen for the two Municipal Areas?
13) What improvement in services can the public expect to see as a result of the merger?
14) Can you Chairman, or the City & County Managers, provide an estimate of pension provision, based on the answer to question 3 above, and the lump sums which will be one-off but which will have to be funded from the Local Authority budget annually?
15) Without any capital costs – which the Manager has estimated at €1.5 - €2 million, I guestimate ongoing additional annual running costs of over half a million Euro...has ANY work been done on costs? Both one-off upfront costs, and additional ongoing annual costs. When will the members receive them?