Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (386)

Ann Phelan

Question:

386. Deputy Ann Phelan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the way the LDC alignment process will affect the roll-out of the Tús programme; the stakeholders and elected members that will be represented on the LDCs and on the LEOs; the way this will be decided and by whom; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12118/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) are to be established in each local authority area in line with the provisions of the Local Government Reform Act 2014. The Chief Officer of the Committee, in consultation with elected members through the Corporate Policy Group, will establish the membership of the committees locally, involving statutory and not-statutory partners, with representation from local government, State agencies, local and community development, and social, economic and community interests. This will be covered by guidelines to be issued by my Department.

LCDCs will have a key focus on achieving a more strategic, joined-up approach to local and community development locally. This will have regard to the range of publicly-funded programmes that are locally implemented. The Tús programme is the responsibility for the Minister of Social Protection who has overall responsibility for its implementation. Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will be executive offices within the local authorities, service by the staff of the local authority, and will perform functions on behalf of Enterprise Ireland under service level agreements. The governance arrangements for LEOs is a matter for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.