Assisting Communities in Hard Times: What options do councils have?

Assisting Communities in Hard Times: What options do councils have?

NOTE: This webinar was sponsored by LGNZ and is offered free of charge. Originally aired on 20 May 2020,

On-demand access: Please email equip.pd@lgnz.co.nz and tell us what event you'd like to access.

Assisting Communities in Hard Times: What options do councils have?

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating almost unprecedented economic and social pressures on our communities, pressures which are impacting on the ability of an increasing number of residents and businesses to pay their rates and charges. 

As public institutions, local authorities have a duty of care to their residents and local business and this includes assisting them to meet their share of the cost of providing local public services.

Learning Outcomes

During this webinar you will:

  • learn about the different mechanisms available to respond to hardship requests;
  • consider the different impacts each option will have; and
  • prepare to make more informed decisions about the best option for your council and community.

Presenters

Dr Mike Reid, Principal Policy Advisor, LGNZ

Mike has been employed at LGNZ since 1996 during which time he has worked in a diverse range of policy areas including local governance, elected member development, legislative change, social policy, relationships with Maori and local democracy.  Mike completed his PhD in public policy in 2011 and is currently on the board of the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies.  He speaks regularly on local government matters and has published widely.  

Raymond Horan, 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.