Revealed: Carlow's local authority spent over €100,000 on office cleaning in one year

Council found to be 'non-compliant' with procurement regulations

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Carlow's local authority spent €102,000 on office cleaning services in one year and there was no "Council-wide tender process" for that expenditure, a report by Carlow's Audit Committee for 2018 has found. 

Chair of the Audit Committee for Carlow, Peter Scully, presented the report to local representatives at the December meeting of Carlow County Council.

The report found instances of non-compliance with procurement regulations and weaknesses in procurement procedures that were highlighted in the 2017 audit report but "limited or no progress has been made for 2018". 

With regard to the office cleaning spend, there was "no Council-wide tender process" entered into in accordance with the aggregation rule, the report found. 

It added: "There is an [Office of Government Procurement] framework agreement in place for office cleaning services which the Council is not currently using."

The Council's expenditure on office cleaning in 2018 came to €102,000 - which is a drop when compared to the €113,000 spend in 2017. 

In response, the chief executive of the Council, Kathleen Holohan, said: "The Council has a very strong value for money ethos which is driven by management and the Council's Audit Committee. 

"The Council is satisfied that value for money is being achieved under the current procurement arrangements. 

"The Council acknowledges that improvements are required in certain business processes and that policies need to be updated.

"The Council has applied to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for sanction to employ a procurement specialist."