What are Linkage Groups?
Linkage Groups are the way that PPN Member Groups can have a real input into policy in their area of operation. Linkage Groups bring together organisations with a common interest to discuss their views and interests in a specific policy area linked to Committee or Board with PPN Representation.
Linkage Groups are linked to Local Authority Boards or Committees. It is important to note that the role of a Linkage Group is to facilitate and enable organisations to voice a wide range of views and interests within the local government system. It is intended to add to the participation of Member Groups, not replace or reduce it in any way.
The PPN Representatives take direction from their Linkage Groups, input what has been agreed by the Group and provide feedback to the Linkage Group that ensures transparency and accountability
Role of the Linkage Groups
- The Discuss and debate the matters being discussed by the relevant statutory / Local Authority Board or Committee, to inform the Representative(s), and where relevant to prioritise and develop policy positions.
- Support the Representatives to fulfil their role by advancing the diversity of views within the Linkage Group to the relevant statutory / Local Authority Board or Committee.
- Agree and implement a way of communicating with the Representative(s) and with each other, which is effective and realistic
- Work collaboratively with other Linkage Groups and Representatives to advance the aims of the PPN.