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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.

Ireland’s social contract is broken.  The legitimate expectations of citizens are not being met.  This is most obvious in areas such as housing and homelessness, a two-tier healthcare system, an ongoing failure to provide rural broadband and high levels of poverty and social exclusion, especially among children.  2017 is the first year of a new century for Ireland and now is the perfect opportunity to develop a new and radical social contract for Ireland’s second century. 

A brief snapshot on how Ireland is performing in terms of promoting participation at local level and some policy proposals.

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 National Social Monitor 2015 outlines the present situation on a range of policy issues that impact on people’s well-being.  Social Justice Ireland presents the National Social Monitor as a contribution to the public debate that is urgently needed on Ireland’s future and how Ireland is performing in terms of promoting the wellbeing of all in society.

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. 

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.

Ireland needs a combination of vision and pragmatic policies that can truly move the country towards a desirable and sustainable future. The lack of a “guiding vision” in Ireland has led to a lack of coherence at the core of public policy.  The need for long-term planning, a new social contract and a guiding vision to underpin policy were among the issues addressed at Social Justice Ireland's Social Policy Conference 2014.

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