The Local Government Act, 2001 provided for the establishment of Strategic Policy Committees. The thinking behind this was that an opportunity would be afforded to the elected Members of the Council to work in partnership with representatives of groups that would have an interest in specific policy areas. The representatives of the groups are often referred to as the Sectoral Representatives. They are selected in accordance with a Strategic Policy Scheme.
In Laois there are 4 Strategic Policy Committees that deal with policy matters relating to various areas of activity:
- Economic Development, Enterprise and Planning
- Transportation, Environment and Emergency Services
- Community, Social, Culture and Heritage
The SPC Committee Scheme 2014 2019 is a very informative document that will answer the vast majority of frequently asked questions relating to Strategic Policy Committees.