This thread is an attempt to highlight practices incorporated into the Public Sector paybill that are either outmoded,excessive or now unjustified given the new economic reality.If anyone has any area that they know of be it anecdotal or factual,please add.
To kick the thread off I think that the allowances system of Garda pay needs restructuring.
The McCarthy Report highlighted that there are 57 separate allowances available for claiming as a Garda.
Minimum of €50m should be cut and half of all Garda stations shut down - The Irish Times - Fri, Jul 17, 2009
From Conor Lally's article.
Garda allowances: what they can claim
Rent Allowance (€58.9m in 2008)
“Whatever about the historical origins of this allowance, it is essentially treated as part of pay and is paid to every member up to and including Chief Superintendent.”
Premium Payments (€9.07m)
“Paid to members who are on leave [who] would ordinarily be entitled to claim unsocial hours allowance if they were not on leave.”
Clerical Allowance (€2.07m)
“Paid to officers engaged in clerical duties to compensate for loss of other allowances, particularly unsocial hours.”
Gaeltacht Allowance and Aran Island Allowance (€1.2m)
“For members serving in defined Gaeltacht areas who perform their duties through the medium of Irish and whose knowledge of the language is certified as adequate for that purpose. And (paid) to compensate members stationed on the Aran Islands for . . . costs of travel to and from the mainland.”
Uniform Grant and Allowance and Boot Allowance
“Paid to members of
An Garda Síochána for the maintenance of uniform.”
Plain Clothes Allowance (€1.9m)
“Paid in lieu of uniform allowance for maintenance of plain clothes – clothes not provided.”
Non-Public Duty Allowances (€1.7m)
“Paid to members of An Garda Síochána who perform a duty of a non-public nature (eg inside sports stadiums, race meetings).”