To ask the Minister for Housing; Planning and Local Government when the Moorhead review on local authority terms and conditions will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
On 21 June 2018 I announced that, with the agreement of the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, I was commissioning a review of the role and remuneration of local authority elected members and published the terms of reference for same. I appointed Ms. Sara Moorhead SC to conduct the independent review.
Ms Moorhead's review is well underway and, in accordance with the terms of reference, an interim report has been prepared. This details the range of actions undertaken to date and sets out the further complex work necessary to complete the review. This work is proceeding and Ms Moorhead's intention is that a final report will be ready for submission by the end of quarter 1, 2019.
When the review is complete, its findings will be the subject of discussion between my Department and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. It will be submitted thereafter for the consideration of the Government.
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