Cork County Council has appointed an Access Officer in accordance with section 26(2) of the Disability Act 2005. The Access Officer is responsible for providing or arranging for, and co-ordinating assistance and guidance, to persons with disabilities accessing services provided by Cork County Council.
Please contact us if you have any accessibility questions:
Ms. Siobhan Morgan
Floor 14, County Hall
Cork County Council strives to achieve excellence in Customer Service. Our objective is to foster a culture of excellence in delivering customer services through the following strategies:
- Make it clear to all our Customers what level of service you should expect from Cork County Council and our staff
- Use the resources we have effectively, to deliver the best standard of services we can, based on your needs and expectations
- Let our Customers know that we are consistent in maintaining high standards by actively seeking customer feedback and reviewing our performance against recognised standards
- Learn from situations when a service is not consistent or does not operate as well as we would like.
Cork County Council has a very new and exciting way of being contacted by you, our Customers.
Your Council is an innovative, on-line self-service customer portal enabling you, the citizen, to engage and interact with the Council by whatever means is most convenient.
This 24 hour service also complements the existing range of options available to you to contact Cork County Council via telephone, email and letter. Your Council is quick, easy to use, efficient ,and is a key development in our plan to deliver further digital services as part of our Customer Enhancement programme.
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What information is available in alternative formats?
All information available to the public can be made available in alternative format, where it is practical and where funding permits. Such documents may include application forms, information leaflets, reports, explanatory documents and other such public interest/service documents.
What types of alternative formats are available?
There are many types of alternative formats available, including:
- Accessible format such as HTML and other electronic formats such as Plain Text.
- Large Print Version in English (at least 16 point)
- Easy-to-Read version
- Audio version in English
- Other alternative formats as may be requested.
It may also be possible to have certain documents translated into core foreign languages, where requested.
Sign Language Interpreters will be provided for public events, meetings, interviews, and other events where necessary and where requested in advance.
It should be noted that each request will dealt with on an individual basis and level of availability will depend on the document requested.
How do I make a request for information in an alternative format?
In writing, at any public counter or posted directly to the Access Officer. Requests should be signed and dated by person making request where at all possible
- By emailing the Access Officer Directly
- By phoning any of the public counter staff. Ask staff member to record details of your request
- Online on relevant page of Cork County Council Website, where available.
You can also use this form to make a request for information in an alternative format.
What information do I need to provide when requesting an alternate format?
In cases where the person making the request is unable to complete the request in writing, the assisting staff member will complete the request on their behalf.
We will need the following:
- Name, Address and contact details of person requesting information
- Specific details of document/information being requested
- Time frame in which information is required and reason for any specific deadlines
- If request is for a sign-language interpreter please specify full details of event/meeting.
Receipt of Requests
All requests received by staff members should be forwarded by internal post to the Access Officer, Corporate Services.
- All requests will be acknowledged within 7 working days of receipt of same and will be dealt with within 21 working days of receipt of same.
- Where a delay in providing information exists, the person making the request will be made aware of a date in which they can expect to receive the information.
- Where necessary, reasons for not being able to provide information requested will be explained fully in writing to person making request.
The purpose of this Plan is to provide a corporate document that sets out the objectives for service delivery and the performance standards to be achieved this year.
High level objectives for each service area have been identified and, together with the desired performance standard, have been included in the Plan. They have been formulated with regard to the Corporate Strategic Objectives agreed in the Cork County Council Corporate Plan 2014-2019.
This Plan provides a clear focus to enable the Elected Members and staff of Cork County Council to work together to develop and improve the services that we offer to you, the customer.
The Annual Service Plan can be viewed below:
Annual Service Delivery Plan 2017
Annual Service Delivery Plan 2016
The Council adopts its Budget at the Annual Budget meeting which may be adjourned but the Budget must be adopted within fourteen days of the date of the Budget meeting.
The meeting is generally held in November each year but the period within which it must be held, is prescribed by the Minister.
A notice is published at least seven days before the meeting in a national newspaper indicating the date on which the Budget Meeting will be held. Please see below link to Budget Books:
The Budget is prepared in the format prescribed by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and sets out the expenditure to be incurred by the Council on the provision of the various services and the associated income to fund these services. The main service areas are housing, transportation, water services (mainly under the SLA with Irish water, planning, enterprise, environmental and recreational and amenity including parks, libraries, sports, heritage and arts. The revenue budget provides for current or day to day expenditure in respect of the services provided.
Revenue expenditure is funded from a variety of income sources, namely:
- Commercial Rates
- Local Property Tax
- Specific Government Grants
- Fees and charges for Goods and Services
Local Property Tax
The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor.
This means that Cork County Council Council can increase or decrease the basic rate of the Local Property Tax within the County by a maximum of +/-15% or leave it unaltered.
The matter must be considered annually and the Council and invites public submissions regarding the variation by placing a notice in a national newspaper and the public consultation period normally runs from mid June to mid August and the decision is taken at a Council Meeting in September.
In addition to the Budget which provides for current expenditure the Council also prepares a Three Year Capital Programme which is reviewed annually and makes provisions for capital projects. Its purpose is to address identified infrastructural deficits to support and promote development in the county and in addition, includes a range of sports, leisure and community projects.
All Irish public bodies are obliged to treat public funds with care, and to ensure that the best possible value-for-money is obtained whenever public money is being spent or invested.
The Public Spending Code is the set of rules and procedures that apply to ensure that these standards are upheld across the Irish public service.
Cork County Council compiles the Public Spending Code Quality Assurance Report on an annual basis. The latest reports can be found on the following links:
The accompanying funding inventory listing can be found on the following links:
As part of the Quality Assurance process Cork County Council has published summary information online of all procurement greater than €10million. The listing can be found below.
- Carrigaline Kilnagleary Social Housing
- Clonakilty Beechgrove Social Housing
- Ballyviniter Turnkey Housing
- Midleton Abbeywood Social Housing
- Poulavone Ballincollig
- Haulbowline Island Remediation Phase 4
- N28 – Cork- Ringaskiddy Road
- Ballyvourney - Macroom Road
- River Ilen Drainage Scheme
- Glashaboy River flood risk assessment and management scheme
- Douglas River flood risk assessment and management scheme
Protected Disclosures Act 2014
Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 requires the publication of a report each year relating to the number of protected disclosures made in the preceding year and also for the publication of information with regard to any actions taken in response to protected disclosures made.