What is a Strategic Policy Committee (SPC)?

The SPCs include members of the local authority, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown PPN representatives and other stakeholders.

The purpose of SPCs is advise and assist the Council in the formulation, development and review of council policyCouncil policy lays out how the Council does its job in key areas, for example how it provides services such as housing, planning, transportation, the environment, economic development and recreation/culture.

Strategic Policy Committees give councillors and relevant sectoral interests an opportunity for full involvement in policy-making from the earliest stages.  SPCs make recommendations on policy – however the final decision rests ultimately with the full Council. The Strategic Policy Committees have no responsibility or role in the way operational services are run — such as the delivery of services ie fixing roads or cutting grass. 

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has six Strategic Policy Committees  for 2019-2024. The policy areas they cover  are; Community, Culture and Wellbeing, Economic Development and Enterprise, Environment and Climate Action, Housing, Planning and Citizen Engagement,  Transportation and Marine.

Strategic Policy Committee Scheme 2019-2024 full details here.

The DLR Strategic Policy Committees  for 2019-2024 are:

Community, Culture & Wellbeing SPC
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Economic Development and Enterprise SPC
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Environment, Climate Change & Energy SPC
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Planning SPC
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Social Housing SPC
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Transportation and Marine SPC
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What is the role of the PPN rep?

The role of DLR PPN Representatives is to;

  • keep DLR PPN members informed about the work of the SPC,
  • seek DLR PPN member’s input into the work of the SPC and
  • represent the viewpoints of DLR PPN members to the SPC.

What are the time commitments for being a DLR PPN representative on an SPC?

  • 4 committee meetings per year, 1 per quarter, usually 5pm-7pm on weekdays.
  • Preparation time to read documentation and reports for the committee meeting.
  • Writing up a summary report for DLR PPN members after the meeting (responsibility shared with other DLR PPN representatives on the committee)
  •  Linking in with DLR PPN members to feedback and discuss relevant matters – 1 meeting per quarter.
  • Time to put together any policy positions, questions or submissions to the SPC.
  • One-off induction training from dlrCounty Council.
  • One-off induction training from DLR PPN.
  • Up to 2 DLR PPN representatives meetings a year.
  • Travel expenses covered.

 

What are the governing documents? 

 

If you have any questions about Strategic Policy Committees or the role of a DLR PPN representative, please get in touch with the DLR PPN Manager Simone Sav at simone@dlrppn.ie or phone 087 455 7945