Improving Governance & Community Centricity in Local Government
Category Archives: Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate social responsibility (CRS) is the ethical commitment of Councils to demonstrating they act in the real interests of the communities they serve and other external groups. For local communities, this means decisions made and services delivered have been sanctioned to enhance or maintain their local liveability, community capacity building and intergeneration sustainability. It means services, such as city planning, are committed to ensure the effects of service delivery do not erode all these elements and underpinning decision making and policies integrate and balance these matters as important performance criteria.
“Cr John Cunningham moved that Council initiate a petition to be served to both the State and Federal Governments objecting to the continuation of municipal rates, that the petition be made available for ratepayers to sign at all council service points and that Council write to all councils in Victoria, the Municipal Association of Victoria, the Minister for Local Government, Shadow Minister, the Federal Treasurer and the Prime Minister calling for the abolition of rates and stating that Council supports a rise in the GST to specifically fund local government.”…. read more
We encourage ratepayers to log their budget review experiences and leave an audit trail of transparency and accountability issues. We will publish this audit trail in this website – the information will be used as evidence to assist RPV’s discussions with the Minister of Local Government and also to help the Auditor General Office access case studies for their on-going audit reviews of Local Government functions. The first audit trail is the Monash case.
Rate hikes are happening in many Councils across the country. We review a few budgets in several cities and are finding a common pattern – there is no transparent sound justification underpinning annual rate hikes. Some Councils are also misleading ratepayers in budget review – Councillors already agreed on rate increases and consequent budgets when Council allow the process of public review to occur. The process is not democratic nor is transparent and is most misleading.