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Social Justice Ireland's policy proposals on participation, supporting the Community and Voluntary Sector and ensuring all voices are heard in Social Dialogue and a local and national level are available to download here.

The Budget for each Local Authority is published annually and can be found in the Publications tab, Local Government section of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government website.  The Budgets are a useful resource for Public Participation Networks and other groups seeking to influence local policy. They identify the budget available to each local authority under headings such as Housing and Building, Road Transport and safety, Water, Development management, Environment, Recreation and Amenity, Agriculture, Education, Health and Welfare etc.

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government as produced guidelines for the development of Local Economic and Community Plans in each Local Authority Area.  These plans are overseen jointly by the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and the Strategic Policy Committee for Economic Development.  Both of these groups have PPN representation.  

The purpose of the LCDC is to develop, coordinate and implement a coherent and integrated approach to local and community development in each Local Authority Area. This document outlines the composition and role of the LCDC which have 5 PPN (Public Participation Network) representatives and will have a significant impact on each city/county, particularly with regard to social inclusion.

This guidance document outlines the roles, responsibilities and membership of Local Authority Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs).  It notes that all representatives of the Community, Voluntary, Social Inclusion and Environment sectors must come through the PPN (Public Participation Network) electoral process.

This circular establishes the Public Participation Network (PPN) in every county and includes guidelines for their rollout and operation.

Government has published the report of the working group on citizen engagement with local government, which recommends that a Public Participation Network, (PPN) be established in every Local Authority area to ensure extensive input by citizens into the decision-making process at local government level. 

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government on the reform of local government was published in 2012.

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