- Community sector
representation on all SPCS.
- The community
sector needs to be resourced and supported in
order to develop adequate participation and
feedback and representation mechanisms need to be
developed and resourced in a manner which
encourages, enables and builds the capacity of
those who experience poverty and social exclusion
to participate in a full and equal manner.
- There is need for
further clarity, information and understanding
around the proposed reforms.
- There is still a
need for core, long term funding for local
government, local development and community
- The community
sector must continue to develop a strong critical
and autonomous role in lobbying and campaigning.
Community groups which criticise local government
must not be excluded as a result.
- Need for education
and training programme for all sectors around
community development approaches, poverty
awareness and gender and equality proofing issues
- Women in
particular need to be resourced, enable and
encouraged to participate, in particular, women
who experience social exclusion and poverty.
- Equality and
poverty proofing mechanisms need to be developed
in relation to local authority programmes.
needs to be sought around the term
single-interest groups used in the
guidelines, so that it does not mean the
exclusion of organisations representing
communities of interest.
- Timescales need to
be sensitive to the process involved and the need
for pre-requisite information, education and
- Special attention
needs to be paid to local authority areas which
may not have and established community sector and
collective organisation of communities of