The City and County Managers' Association has said that €830m in local government savings have been delivered while maintaining services.

A report prepared for the Association says that local authorities are leading the reform agenda with an extensive programme of shared services.

The savings, the report says, were mainly achieved through efficiency gains, and a drop in payroll costs, with staff numbers reduced by 8,432 or 21.5% between 2008 and 2012.

Hubert Kearns, Chairman of the County and City Managers' Association said that the local government sector has responded to the financial crisis, exceeding the target of €511m set by the Local Government Efficiency Review in 2010.