Kildare County Council’s Improved Performance and Covid 19 Response highlighted in NOAC Report
Kildare County Council improved performance across a range of indicators during 2020, despite Covid-19 challenges and while providing additional innovations and services during the pandemic.
Covid-19 placed a considerable burden on the council, with a reduction in revenues and strained resources. However, Kildare County Council was agile, resilient and determined in responding to the challenges and ensuring the continued delivery of essential services as well as providing much needed additional supports and resources to businesses and communities across Kildare.
In direct response to the pandemic, working closely with other agencies across Kildare, Kildare County Council formed the Covid 19 Community Response Forum to coordinate community supports. In addition to this, a dedicated Community Call Helpline was developed to assist older and vulnerable people receiving in excess of 1,400 calls.
The local authority also provided a range of new supports and grants to businesses, over €1m was invested in Covid 19 business continuity support, helping over 700 businesses along with other supports such as mentoring, workshops and access to other funding opportunities.
In addition, Kildare County Council worked to facilitate changes to the public realm in the interests of public health and safety. This included a number of pilot projects to make our public spaces more people-friendly, usable, accessible and fun spaces to be.
Alongside this, Kildare County Council continued to deliver essential services throughout 2020, as the Performance Indicators Report 2020 shows.
- The level of motor tax transactions dealt with online, was 91.16%
- Kildare County Council was one of the highest Local Authorities (excluding the six large urban authorities) with the highest proportion of their regional roads having few or no defects at 53.2% being an increase of 5.99%from 2019
- Kildare County Council was among three local authorities (with Cork County and Roscommon County) that collected 62.00% of Housing Loans
- 80 % of Kildare was recorded as being unpolluted or litter free
- Kildare County Council have 37 schools in 2020 that have been awarded/renewed their green flag status
Commenting on the report, Sonya Kavanagh, Interim Chief Executive, Kildare County Council paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of employees, saying:
“Kildare County Council continued to provide hundreds of services throughout 2020, despite the challenge and uncertainty of Covid-19 and the constraints of public health restrictions. At the same time, we played a vital role in the national response to the pandemic, supporting communities, businesses and local economies. The support and commitment of our elected members and staff helped to ensure that we continued to serve the people of Kildare, particularly in this most challenging year.
“As we look ahead, we are continually seeking to improve services and increase efficiency. Now that we are in a more certain situation with regard to Covid, we will build on our progress, continue to innovate and deliver quality public services.”