The Local Government Management Agency works collaboratively to support local authorities in achieving their business goals.
The Agency has published a Corporate Plan for the period 2023-2025 to guide us in doing that.
Based on extensive consultation with internal and external stakeholders, the plan aims to ensure our work continues to meet the needs and ambitions of local authorities over the next three years and to position the Agency to continue developing for the future.
Our work focuses on providing both day-to-day and strategic support across all the services and functions of local authorities. We also have an expanded remit to manage large-scale national projects that impact on the local government sector.
This is reflected in a change to our organisation structure, and the inclusion of an additional pillar, hosting an array of national projects, including the national Housing Delivery Coordination Office (HDCO), Local Authority Circular Economy Coordination Office, and the Emergency Vacant Housing Delivery (Ukraine) Unit. An office to coordinate the national Town Centre First policy implementation has also been established within this pillar, alongside the existing office supporting the transition of water services to Uisce Eireann (WSTO).
A key focus in the plan is the development and delivery of the Local Government Digital and ICT Strategy. The realignment of the existing pillar structure to include a pillar focused on sectoral Digital and ICT reflects the importance and significance of the Digital and ICT strategy as a critical step in supporting the digital transformation of public service delivery. This new pillar will be fundamental in supporting local authorities and the LGMA in developing and adopting leading practices in Digital and ICT management and security.
In partnership with local authorities, the LGMA strives to be a shared centre of excellence in leading sectoral approaches to delivering quality public services. Our Corporate Plan sets out how the Agency will achieve its objectives by becoming an employer of choice, supporting the development of employees and supporting local authorities with specialised skill sets in areas including Digital & ICT, Health & Safety, Cybersecurity, Human Resource Management, Procurement, Programme and Project Management. Our Corporate Plan also sets out our commitment to focus on supporting Climate Action plans in the sector and in the LGMA.
We are proud to support the local government sector and the vital work that all 31 local authorities do for their people and their areas.
Consultation for this plan has shown us that local authorities, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and all other government departments and stakeholders place value and trust in the work that we do. We are grateful for that and we look forward with ambition to continuing to build on that and to achieving the goals and objectives of this plan.