Programme for Government 2020

Irish Social Enterprise Network calls on the newly formed government to honour commitments to Social Enterprise in Ireland

Priority 1: Support the full implementation of the National Policy for Social Enterprises 2019 – 2022

Priority 2: Support the development/ growth of social enterprises through appropriate funding

Priority 3: Commit to Ireland being a leader in implementing the  forthcoming EU Action Plan on Social Economy and Social Innovation

Social Enterprises request

The following are to be included in the programme for Government
  • Build on Ireland’s first ever National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland and provide additional supports to social enterprises to help them to increase their social impact.
  • Increase funding in the annual budget for the implementation of measures in the National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland
  • Increase the capacity of Community Employment, Community Service Programmes and more
  • Fund the National representative body for social enterprises, the Irish Social Enterprise Network
  • Legislate to ensure that co- operatives, limited-profit companies and social enterprises can access all State supports and grants on the same basis as limited companies.
  • Require businesses and public agencies above a certain size to publish their carbon footprints in their annual reports.
  • Update the legislation governing the dormant accounts fund to ensure that it can be used to fund social enterprises that contribute to environmental protection or climate action.
  • Examine how the tax code or a preferential commercial rates policy could help promote better second-hand markets and repair businesses.
  • Support community co-operatives for local onshore wind enterprises.
  • Guarantee supports and payments to ensure social enterprises can continue to employ and work with those most vulnerable in society
  • Implement social procurement principles in government contracts and tenders
  • Create a financial stability fund to shore up social enterprises to increase their capacity coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social enterprises are best placed to work with those in need of employment supports at a time of high unemployment.
  • Ensure that funds already allocated to finance social enterprises should continue and be respected, on time without further obligations, even if the activities are suspended or closed down.
  • Ensure investments for the digital transition of social enterprises.

What is your opinion?

We want to hear from you. If you are a social enterprise, social entrepreneur or social innovator, what should be in the programme for government?

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