The Government has moved quickly to address some of the larger and higher priority issues that the sector raised in its first contact with Ministers.
The results are two bills that taken together don’t come to more than twelve A4 pages, yet they contain some powerful ideas.
Some of the most cherished items in the so-called Better Local Government package are being undone. At the same time, the Government is fixing two major holes in the development contributions regime. And for good measure, it's taking the first big step towards a trial of online voting.
And falling into the ‘forgotten, but not gone’ category – we have the Local Government Amendment Bill aka Better Local Services. We’ll talk a bit about where this appears to be going.
This webinar is being charged on a per council basis and is open to elected members and employees of a local authority. Others will be admitted by invitation only. We will send out a link with login instructions for the webinar the day before the webinar (Tuesday 17 April)
Chief Advisor, SOLGM
Raymond re-joined SOLGM in June 2014 taking on a new role, Sector Improvement Manager. He has spent most of the last 20 years in local government related roles, most recently with the Department of Internal Affairs.
He describes his job as two-thirds, providing assistance to the local government sector and one-third providing advice to central government on local government matters. His ambition is to help develop a Local Government Act that doesn’t require changes every 18 months. He asks that you wish him well with this task.