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Local Government Anti-Poverty Learning Network.
To support the implementation of NAPS at local level, including the embedding
of social inclusion in local government, the Combat Poverty Agency (CPA), in
conjunction with the D/EH&LG and the OSI, established the Local Government
Anti-Poverty Learning Network in late 2000.
The overall aim of the Network is to promote and support the development of
a strong anti-poverty focus within a reformed system of local government. It
is managed by the CPA, with the assistance of an Advisory Committee and a
Steering Group. The OSI is represented on both of these.
The objectives of the Network are to:
* provide a forum in which local authorities can share experience and consider
how to make the maximum contribution to policies to tackle poverty and
* support and assist local authorities to incorporate a strong anti-poverty focus
within their work;
* enable local authorities to share information about developing new and innovative
projects and initiatives; and
* exchange different local experiences and best practice.
The total budget for this initiative is _1.474 million over a four year period. Since 2000,
the Network has supported a range of activities including Network meetings, grants,
information provision, training and research.
An evaluation of the Network is currently being finalised. The D/EH&LG, the OSI and
the CPA are involved in discussions regarding the future progression of the social
inclusion agenda at local authority level.
In addition, the CPA, supported three local authorities to develop a local anti-poverty
strategy in 2003. The three local authorities were Donegal, Westmeath and Cork City.
Office for Social Inclusion, Department of Social and Family Affairs,
Floor 1, Gandon House, Amiens Street, Dublin 1