KILDARE County Council is changing the way it is running its legal services.
Senior official, Eamon O’Sullivan, told the Council annual Budget meeting on 16 December, that it has entered into agreements with new legal advisors in a number of categories, following a tender process.
The Council now has contracts to deliver on four areas, including general legal aid, code enforcement and finance and debt issues.
A look at the Budget for 2014, shows that the total bill for “enforcement costs” will be €1,061,287 in 2013 but the estimate for 2014 is €817,570, 77% of the former. The latter includes a drop in actual enforcement costs from €719,200 to €555,775 and for the respective “service support costs” (admin costs) from €342,087 to €261,795.There is a separate bill for “building control enforcement costs” which, including service costs, are set to rise from €250,704 in 2013 to €285,695.
A progress report is expected by March 2014.