Report on Public Sector Allowances
Snippets (I have just started reading it):
The Report is based on the evidence taken by the Committee at seven public hearings in October and November this year.
A root and branch reform is necessary which should see many allowances transferred into core pay and a plethora of allowances that are paid for extra duties being reduced to a small number of generic type payments that will pay the same amount to those doing this extra work. Our Report also shows that the majority of allowances go to front line staff and that for many of the low paid workers in the public service, allowances can represent a significant portion of take-home pay.
The Report calls for greater transparency with all payments being vouched or verified. An independent system
that sets rates of payment is required and the entire system of administration needs to be overhauled.
Figures put on the record by ICTU which were based on a reply to a Parliamentary Question show that 82% of public servants earn less than €60,000 including allowances and more than 40% of public servants earn less than
€40,000 including allowances.
The exact cause of many allowances was the need to isolate pay increases to particular duties or grades and avoid triggering wage increase claims across broader sections of the public service.
1. Universal allowances that are paid to all members of a grade should be incorporated
into core pay.
2. The number of allowances should be consolidated.
3. The long tail of allowances, where small allowances in monetary terms are paid to
small numbers of staff, must be replaced by a small number of generic allowances
that recognise specific duties.
4. All expenses should be vouched or verified, including those allowances paid to Members of the Oireachtas.
5. The level and manner of payment of Oireachtas allowances should be determined by
an independent authority.
Hopefully this report will be acted on and this whole mess tidied up a LOT, especially point 4 above regarding the vouching of expenses.