Local Government Funding and Financing – SOLGM Submission to the Productivity Commission
SOLGM has responded to the Productivity Commission’s draft report into its Inquiry into Local Government Funding and Financing.
Retentions Under the Construction Contracts Act
Note from Simpson Grierson: Local authorities required to hold any retentions on construction contracts from 1 April 2017 in cash or liquid assets. Implications...
The 5th report of the International Panel on Climate Change was the most unequivocal yet in its finding that climate change is a real phenomenon and that human activity is affecting the worlds climate, atmosphere and oceans.
Fit for the Digital Future
The evolution of information and communications technology is changing the way people live their lives and provides new opportunities for local government to improve the delivery of local services and the way we govern our communities.
Service Delivery Reviews
This guide discusses the requirement to conduct reviews of service delivery under section 17A of the Local Government Act 2002.
SOLGM's 'Think Piece' Report on Austerity
The Global Financial Crisis illustrated the importance of building resilience into local government service delivery. Read SOLGM"s report on austerity which focuses on four concepts used by English councils to create more efficient and effective service delivery.
Building Community Resilience Report
This report, commissioned by SOLGM from Local Government expert Roger Blakeley, introduces some of the key concepts that support resilience, along with providing stories of communities that have come together with their councils to help entrench resilience into their culture.
Local Government at Arm's Length
This report by McGredy Winder & Co was commissioned as a 'thought experiment' that helps the sector (and individual local authorities) to identify the opportunities and risks created by a shift towards large scale delivery by Council Controlled Organisation (CCO).
Tuning Up the Engine
Tuning up the engine - potential changes to local government law is a submission to the Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Minister of Local Government and the Hon Meka Whaitiri, Associate Minister of Local Government
UK Study Tour - Through the Looking Glass
Since 2010, local government in Britain has grappled with the challenge of the UK Government's austerity programme. In July 2016 SOLGM published Austerity: Creating service resilience. This report asked how UK councils were delivering services with dramatically less funding and how relevant practices could be, applied in New Zealand.
Working Shoulder to Shoulder - Co-governance and Collaborative Approaches and Engagement Skills
Increasingly local government is moving towards more collaborative approaches to engagement, these range from relatively informal arrangements through to statutorily driven co-governance entities (appendix A contains a list of the approaches).