The PPN will be the main link through which the local authority connects with the community, voluntary and environmental sectors.
Putting People First – An Action Programme for Effective Local Government(October 2012) sets out a vision for Local Government in Ireland:
“Local government will be the main vehicle of governance and public service at local level -
leading economic, social and community development, delivering efficient and good value
services, and representing citizens and local communities effectively and accountably.”
Section 46 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 enables local authorities to take all appropriate steps to consult with and promote effective participation of local communities in local government. Citizens and communities will be encouraged and supported to participate in the decision-making processes of the local authority.
The new mechanism for public engagement and participation is called The Public Participation Network (PPN). It primary objective is to enable the public to take an active formal role in the policy making and oversight activities of the Local Authority’s areas of responsibility.
For more information please see the attached FAQ.
The Westmeath PPN works to ensure that the voice of the Community and Voluntary Sector is heard and taken into account in the ongoing development of the County. It assists community groups in promoting their membership and in developing links with other organisations.