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Public Participation Networks

Public Participation Networks (PPNs), made up of groups and organisations from the Environmental, Social Inclusion, and Community & Voluntary sectors, are influencing policy at a local and national level. And who knows what’s best for their communities better than local people themselves?

The Government has failed to respond adequately to our nation’s housing crisis. There are almost 87,000 households on social housing waiting lists - over half of whom are families - and 10,000 homeless, of whom 3,600 are children. This is a national emergency. The impact of homelessness and precarious housing on our nation’s children will be felt for generations to come.

With 10,000 people - including 3,600 children - homeless, 72,000 mortgages in arrears, and 87,000 households on social housing waiting lists, it can hardly be denied that Government policy is a dramatic failure.

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.

A full analysis of the challenges facing Ireland in terms of promoting real participation and deliberative democracy, along with our policy proposals, is contained in our Socio-Economic Review 2018, Social Justice Matters. The chapter is available below.

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.

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.

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