This month we are pleased to be able to include our Report Enhancing Democratic Well-being: the findings from public feedback on LGNZ’s Discussion Paper “Reinventing Local Democracy”, which is the outcome of feedback received on LGNZ’s localism Discussion Document. The Report summarises the major themes highlighted by submitters and proposes a number of strategies for strengthening democratic well-being which are informed by feedback received. The approximately 40 submissions received on the Discussion Document identified challenges and opportunities, which are briefly described below:
- Do councils have the capacity to undertake more responsibilities?
- Wil councils be responsive to community needs and preferences?
- Can central government be trusted not to change the rules?
- Where will the funding come from?
Submitters also identified what they saw of the opportunities that would be created by the adoption of a localist approach whereby responsibility for public services would reflect the relevant community of interest, whether local, regional or national, depending upon the nature of the service.
- Improving the effectiveness of government spending and local outcomes
- Strengthening the place of Te Tiriti ō Waitangi,
- Enhancing communities’ ability to shape place
- Deepening democracy.
The report, Enhancing Democratic Well-being: the findings from public feedback on LGNZ’s Discussion Paper “Reinventing Local Democracy” is accessible here.
A short interview on the report, screened on Breakfast, TV1, Monday 21 September with the President of LGNZ, Stuart Crosby, is available here.