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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.

This circular, issued by the Department on 19 September 2015 outlines the financial return which the Department required from a Local Authority to trigger payment of funding for PPNs.

Public Participation Networks (PPNs) provide an opportunity for real engagement between local people and local authorities.  PPNs have been established in all local authority areas in 2014/15.  Membership is open to not for profit groups in the social inclusion, environmental and general community and voluntary  sectors. 

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.

People have a right to participate in shaping the decisions that affect them and to participate in developing and shaping the society in which they live. These rights are part of Social Justice Ireland’s Governance policy pillar of our Policy Framework for a Just Ireland. 

A full analysis of the challenges facing Ireland and our policy proposals are contained in our Socio-Economic Review 2015 ‘Towards a Just Society’.  The chapter is available below.

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.

Social Justice Ireland’s policy briefing ‘Elections 2014’ identifies some key issues and actions required that are critical to shaping a fairer future.  Action is needed in the areas of social inclusion, the economy, the democratic deficit and sustainability if we are to see the emergence of a just society in Ireland and across the EU. 

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