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Citizen Engagement

Snapshot of PPNs in 2016

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The first comprehensive review of the Public Participation Networks (PPNs) has been published.

It shows that the 31 PPNs had nearly 12,000 member groups in 2016, and contributed to local policy and decision making, built local capacity and shared information on building stronger communities.

Social Justice Ireland has been a long term supporter of the PPNs as key to the local democracy and bringing decision making closer to the people who are effected by those decisions.

Social Justice Ireland's recent book entitled Basic Income: Radical Utopia or Practical Solution? has received an award for original work in Irish Fiscal Policy from Ireland's Foundation for Fiscal Studies, Fiscal.ie.

Social Justice Ireland has called for the introduction of an EU-wide Basic Income system.  Speaking at a consultation on the Future of Europe conducted by the European Economic and Social Committee, Seán Healy, Director, Social Justice Ireland, stated that confidence in the EU is being eroded steadily because of a number of failures in the areas of social policy, environmental protection and governance. It needed to be seen as a Union that cared for all its people.

PPN Funding

Circular from Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government outlining the process for the drawdown of funding by Local Authorities re PPNs.  Released Friday 15th July

On 5th May the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government circulated a draft PPN User guide and also information on the PPN Advisory Group and on the devleopment of a CRM database for PPNs.  The relevant documents, are available for download below.

The following circular was released by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government  on 5 April 2016.  It covers the Activity Report 2015, Expenditure Report 2015, Funding Arrangements 2016 & Client Relationship Management (CRM) database. 

The reports are to be submitted by 22nd April and are to be signed off on behalf of both the PPN and the Local Authority.

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.

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. 

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