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Launch of Meath Local Economic and Community Plan - Damien English TD Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal launched the Local Economic and Community Plan 2016-2021 at a ceremony in Navan
Date Released: 25 January 2017
The Meath Local Economic and Community Plan 2016-2021 launched by Minister English in Navan.
Wednesday 18th January 2017, Damien English TD Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal launched the Local Economic and Community Plan 2016-2021 at a ceremony in Navan.
An audience including councillors, statutory agencies, community and voluntary groups were told that this 6 year plan sets out actions in areas of economic and community development and social inclusion which are needed to promote and support the local community development of this county.
Minister English said that “Economic and Community Development, while separate functions, however are mutually supportive in creating strong communities and local economies”.
This countywide plan involves a number of organisations locally that will assist with the delivery of these actions. Such bodies include the Council, Health Service Executive, Louth/Meath Education & Training Board, Department of Social Protection, Local Enterprise Office and a wide range of local community and voluntary groups.
He also stated that “the delivery of these plans nationally is vital. The strength and composition of the Local Community Development Committee play a major role in the delivery of these actions. It is the combination of county council, agencies, voluntary sector and community groups that are central and best positioned to mobilise relevant groups to deliver this Local Economic and Community Plan.”
The Cathaoirleach of Meath County Council said that “It is important that everyone gets involved as this greatly strengthens the potential to deliver agreed actions in the plan that are ultimately designed to improve the economic, social and cultural aspect of our local areas”.
Already these plans provide a framework to target resources and investment under the direct management of the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) such as the LEADER and SICAP programme in which the LCDC’s are the main approving bodies and oversee the implementation of both these programmes. This plan will also enable a targeting of funding under the management of LCDC partners and other publicly funded agencies and bodies not on the LCDC.
Some actions already progressed and achieved in the plan were highlighted on the night:
- A new Intreo office opened in Navan by the Department of Social Protection to give income support to jobseekers and one parent families
- The Council is working closely with the Department of Social Protection transferring existing rent supplement recipients to the Housing Assistance Programme (HAP)
- The Meath Intercultural Network organised a one stop shop event with the Immigrant Council of Ireland with various agencies participating.
- The Navan Healthy Town initiative was rolled out in September for 8 weeks which proved very successful with groups and the public getting involved in a Healthy Ireland.
The plan is available at the following link: