Commitment 7: Participatory Budgeting

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To enable further citizen engagement in local authority budgeting

Objective: Undertake a feasibility study on possible means of enabling further citizen engagement in local authority budgetary processes.

Status quo: The budgetary process established under the Local Government Reform Act 2014, will be considered in the context of a further programme of local government reform and development to be undertaken pursuant to the Programme for a Partnership Government for the purpose of a report for Government and the Oireachtas by mid-2017 on potential measures to boost local government leadership and accountability, and to ensure that local government funding, structures and responsibilities strengthen local democracy. Having regard to these active considerations it is considered that the opportunity for the timely commencement of this action and the means by which further citizen engagement might be enhanced will be informed by this process.

Ambition: The results of the feasibility study will inform and guide the next steps on how further citizen engagement in local authority budgetary processes can be facilitated.

Lead implementing organisation: Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

 

Timeline: January 2017 to December 2017

 

Commitment 7:

Support Public Participation Networks

OGP values

Civic participation, Public accountability

New or ongoing commitment

New

Lead implementation organisations

Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

Other actors involved - government

National PPN Advisory Group, Local Authorities, The Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) and the County and City Managers’ Association

Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil the commitment

New or ongoing

Start date

End date

Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) & County and City Managers’ Association to undertake feasibility study, in consultation with key stakeholders, on enabling further citizen engagement in local authority budgetary processes.

New

January 2017

December

2017