SPCs are committees which set the policy direction of the Council. There are currently five SPCs in Limerick City and County Council, which broadly correspond with the main services offered by the Council:
Economic Development, Enterprise and Planning
Home and Social Development
Transport and Travel
Community, Leisure and Emergency Services
Role of Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs)
SPCs give Councillors and other relevant bodies (including the PPN) an opportunity to be involved in Council policy-making from the early stages. The Council is and remains the decision-making Authority. SPCs, as committees of the Council, advise and assist the Council in the formulation, development and review of policy. SPCs do not deal with routine operational matters regarding the delivery of Council services. They are strategic in nature and, as such, only deal only with policy matters.
SPCs usually meet about 4 times a year.
Membership of SPCs
Each SPC has 24 members – 16 Elected Members and 8 “sector” members. SPC members remain in place for the lifetime of the Council (5 years). The following sectors nominate representatives on SPCs:
Agriculture / Farming
Development / Construction
Business / Commercial
Community / Voluntary (PPN)
Environment / Conservation (PPN)
Social inclusion (PPN)