Key Relationships

The Department’s policy and operations involve working closely with Local Authorities, particularly as regards the work of Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), Public Participation Networks (PPNs) and in the development/implementation of Local Economic and Community Plans (LECPs).  The Department also holds policy functions relating to Libraries Development.

The Department has a critically important interface with the community and voluntary sector. In that role, it provides a key conduit for Government in its relationships with the community and voluntary sector. This includes the co-development of responses to rural and community development issues, supporting the role of volunteering and the development of community-led social supports.