Funding allocation of €2.48million announced for Public Participation Networks

The Government has announced a funding allocation of €2.48million for Public Participation Networks.
 
In 2014, the Working Group on Citizen Engagement with Local Government, made recommendations on more extensive and diverse input by citizens into the decision-making processes at local government level as part of the Local Government Reform programme and recommended the setting up of Public Participation Networks (PPN’s) across the local government sector.
 
These Networks will be the main link through which the local authority connects with the community and voluntary, social inclusion and environmental sectors without prejudice to other community consultation processes. Where community representation is to be provided on appropriate committees of the Local Authority, such as Strategic Policy Committees or Local Community Development Committees, it will be sourced through the Public Participation Networks.
 
Both Minister Alan Kelly and Minister Ann Phelan emphasised the critical role that Public Participation Networks will play in facilitating greater engagement between citizens, communities and local government.
 
Minister Kelly confirmed that a total of €1.55million central funding will be available for all 31 Local Authorities, with €930K being sourced locally, giving an overall total allocation of €2.480million for this purpose.

A total of €1.55million central funding will be available for all 31 Local Authorities, with €930K being sourced locally, giving an overall total allocation of €2.480million


 
“I am committed to the development of Public Participation Networks in each local authority area and am delighted to assist in whatever way I can with this process”, Minister Kelly stated. “The funding I am announcing today will enhance community development and engagement arrangements in place across the country.
 
Minister Ann Phelan added: “This funding will benefit communities greatly and I am confident that the new Public Participation Network structures will empower and enable citizens to play a greater role in the communities they live in.

Legislation
Section 46 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 provides the legislative basis which gives effect to the Framework for Public Participation and the Public Participation Networks (PPN’s). Section 46 was commenced on 1 June 2014, along with a number of other sections of the Act.