To explore the potential effect of rate capping on local democracy and decision-making of councillors with their local communities, the VLGA commissioned work by Peter McKinlay.
Topic(s): Good Governance,
Towards a Workable Rate Capping Regime
The paper highlights the principle of local government autonomy and that local government should be considered much more than ‘a creature of statute’ and a service delivery arm of the State Government. Local government is at its best when focuses on the needs and preferences of local people – service users, citizens, local business –and depends on mechanisms by which local stakeholders express their priorities – for example through voting or public engagement and stakeholder engagement/consultation.