Local government needs to be radically reformed. It has evolved to become bureaucratic, wasteful and unaccountable. Popular resentment with the performance of local government is evident by the poor turnouts at local elections. Few people know who their local councillors are, and council operations and decision making are mystery that even fewer people can claim to understand.
The revitalisation of local government is necessary to make it again an effective force.
The Peoples Party will:
- replace all local councillors with an elected mayor or chief executive
- remove many of the current functions of local government such as education to ensure better accountability
- make the council tax directly related to cost of local services
- ensure that local government is focused on local issues such as roads, libraries and recreation. We will make public parks and open spaces outstanding