Strategic Policy Committees
Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs), are made up of elected members of the County Council and representatives from various sectors of society (community, voluntary, business, agriculture etc). It is the task of the Strategic Policy Committees (SPCs), as committees of the Council, to advise and assist the Council in its work. While it is the task of each SPC to assist the Council in the formulation and development of policy, the final policy decisions will rest ultimately with the full Council. The SPC system is intended to give Councillors and relevant sectoral interests an opportunity for full involvement in the policy-making process from the early stages, when policy options are more fluid.
There are four SPCs in Westmeath:-
The Transportation & Planning SPC is made up of council members & sector representatives
The Economic & Community Development SPC is made up of council members & sector representatives
The Environment & Water Services SPC is made up of council members & sector representatives
As the principle provider of social housing in the county & the dole provider of library services, the policies considered by this SPC have significant impact on the citizens of the county.