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Public Participation Network

Public Participation Networks (PPNs) were introduced following the enactment of the Local Government Act 2014. 

Since then they have been established in each county / city through collaboration between Local Authorities (LAs) and local volunteer-led organisations.  Both LA staff and volunteers in each county / city have put huge effort into developing the new structure over the past two years. 

Funding for PPNs is being provided by both the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) and Local Authorities (LAs).  This funding facilitates the engagement of a full time (or equivalent) resource worker and other costs. 

This document has been drawn up based on the experiences of PPNs around the country, and the formal guidelines drawn up by the DECLG.  This guide has been designed as a live working document which may be expanded to include case studies, examples of best practice and other resources from PPNs. It is intended to support all PPN stakeholders; member organisations, Secretariats, Resource Workers and LAs in progressing a nationally consistent framework for PPNs.  This will serve to ensure that PPNs are effective in supporting local volunteer-led organisations to develop their capacity and have a real voice in policy making in their County / city.



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