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Ensures public participation and representation in the Environmental, Social Inclusion & Voluntary Sectors

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Ensures public participation and representation in the Environmental, Social Inclusion & Voluntary Sectors

 

Ensures public participation and representation in the Environmental, Social Inclusion & Voluntary Sectors

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LINKAGE GROUPS.

Linkage groups enable organisations and groupings with a specific interest area and a shared and common objective to input into the policies and services of the Local Authority.

A group can join more than one linkage group if they desire. Each group that signs up to form a specific linkage group, once established, will elect an eligible representative from within their ranks to the SPC. If a group does not wish to nominate anyone to a specific linkage group they will still be entitled to updates on the activities of the different committees via the representatives’ reports.

“What do Linkage Groups Do?

The Linkage Group mechanism is central to ensuring that:

•  All member organisations are enabled to participate in shaping the decisions that affect them that are being developed by any structure of the County/City Council.
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 All member organisations play a direct role in choosing their participants in County/City Council structures addressing particular issues.
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 The views of all those involved will be communicated within the relevant County/City structure.
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 All member organisations will be fully up to date with developments in all of these County/City structures.

How do the Linkage Groups work?

When the County/City Council has public participant seats to fill on any of its committees/structures it will notify the PPN Secretariat and ask that the representatives to fill these seats be chosen by the PPN.
The Secretariat will then

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 Notify ALL member organisations in the County/City of this situation, and
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 Arrange a time and place for a meeting of all those organisations with an interest/involvement in the issue(s) being addressed by the particular body or, in the case of places representing particular interests of communities, those organisations which fit the relevant criteria.
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 This group will constitute a PPN ‘Linkage Group’ for this particular body and the topic(s) being addressed.
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 The Linkage Group will choose their representative(s) for the body.

How are representatives of Linkages Groups selected?

•  Where it is specified by the Council or governing body of a committee that requires PPN representation that representatives must come from a specific Pillar, ie Community, Voluntary or Environmental, then only members of organizations affiliated to the specific pillar can run for election
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 Each group on a linkage group can have only one vote.
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 The person(s) chosen to represent the PPN in such bodies will meet their Linkage Group regularly.
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 The Linkage Group should operate as their reference group on the issues arising.
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 They will report back to the Linkage Group after every meeting.
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 They will take direction from the Linkage Group on the positions they are to take on particular issues.
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 The Secretariat of the PPN will assist with the administrative tasks associated with communications in this regard.

Each representative taking up such a position for the PPN must:
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 Represent the views of all the members of the Linkage Group and not just those of their own organisation.
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 Abide by the communications protocols set out above.

Election of PPN Representatives for various bodies

In all elections of PPN representatives, care will be taken to ensure:
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 Gender balance, Geographical spread of representatives and all nominations are formally ratified at the Plenary meeting of PPN.

(“Guidelines for Publication Participation Network” – issued by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, April 2014)