Strategic Policy Committees of the Galway County Public Participation Network (PPN)

Galway County PPN seeks nominations for seats on 2 of Galway County Council’s Strategic Policy Committee’s
Housing SPC.
The SPC system is intended to give Councillors and relevant sectoral interests an opportunity for full involvement in policy-making process from preliminary stage and the discussion should be completed at SPC level for final consideration and decision by the Council.

The Housing SPC has 11 members 7 councillors and 4 sectoral representatives including the Community Voluntary sector, and the Social Inclusion pillar

The Housing SPC covers policy development in the following areas as outlined in Galway County Councils Draft SPC plan 2019-2024

  • Traveller Accommodation Programme.
  • Scheme of Letting Priorities /Allocations / Accessibility / Priority.
  • Housing Construction Programme.
  • Homeless Strategy.

We now require one representative from the Social inclusion pillar and one representative from the Community & Voluntary Sector.

Nominate
Community & Cultural SPC
The SPC system is intended to give Councillors and relevant sectoral interests an opportunity for full involvement in policy-making process from preliminary stage and the discussion should be completed at SPC level for final consideration and decision by the Council.

The Community & Cultural SPC has 10 members 6 councillors and 4 sectoral representatives representing the Community Voluntary sector, and the Social Inclusion pillar 

The Community & Cultural SPC covers policy development in the following areas as outlined in Galway County Councils Draft SPC plan 2019-2024

  • Library Development Policies
  • Cultural Policy and European Capital of Culture Legacy
  • Arts Plan
  • An Scéim Teanga
  • Community elements of LECP
  • Community Grants Schemes

We now require one representative from the Community & Voluntary Sector.

Nominate
Guidelines for groups in choosing nominees for election
In all cases we are seeking diversity in representatives in terms of gender, geography and experience.  We particularly welcome nominations from groups who are traditionally underrepresented in decision making.

  • Has the person got experience in the particular topic which they can bring to the table (i.e. Managing a network for Secretariat, Roads, Planning etc. for SPCs)?
  • Has the person got experience and knowledge of issues affecting groups in their sector i.e environmental, Social inclusion, Community and Voluntary etc?
  • Can that person make an effective contribution on committees etc?
  • Is the person willing to represent the views of all the groups who elect them, and not just their own?
  • Is the person willing to communicate with all interested PPN members regularly to discuss relevant issues?
  • Has the person the time to prepare for meetings (often involving reading large documents), attend meetings (which can be during day, evening or weekend time) and feedback to the groups who elected them?

In addition to the above, the following generic requirements must be met:

  • Elected representatives of Local Authorities cannot be nominated through this process.
  • If anyone nominated through this process subsequently decides to enter electoral politics he/she must immediately resign their PPN representative role and the relevant nominating PPN unit (Electoral College / Linkage Group) will choose a replacement.
  • A person who has been an elected representative of any level of Government (local or national) should not be chosen to represent PPN in any representative role for one year after completing their term of office.
  • Representatives will be expected to declare potential conflicts of interest. Employees or professionals, where significant conflict of interest occurs, cannot be nominated.
  • Groups who already have representational rights on a particular committee, cannot nominate to that committee (e.g. Farm organisations cannot nominate to a committee which already has a farming representative)

Specifically the role of the representative is to

  • Represent the PPN / Municipal Districts and be accountable to the PPN membership. They are not representing their own organisation.
  • Bring issues of relevance from the body that chose them to the policy making arena, and contribute to the work of the committee they are on.
  • Give feedback to the PPN on the outcomes of the policy meetings and the issues being raised.

Any queries or clarifications can be directed to nseoighe@galwaycoco.ie or 087 4555428 .

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