Rate Capping is at the core of most problems plaguing local government
The pressure on council budgets is making the work of many dedicated council workers insecure, wages are suppressed, jobs opportunities are going unfilled.
But there’s something we can do about it.
Getting the Andrews Labor Government to change its terrible rate capping policy won’t be easy, but it will have real benefits for communities and council workers.
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Rate Capping Hurting The Most Vulnerable In Greater Bendigo
Rate capping affects every part of every Council in Victoria. There are the impacts we see every day, like the maintenance of local roads falling behind and communities missing out on the new infrastructure they need.
But there’s a real human cost too.
When elderly residents in the Greater Bendigo are waiting aren’t getting the services they need due to cutbacks, there’s a huge problem
Over the past few years, carers at Greater Bendigo have had their hours reduced, weekend work has been cut, and no work is allowed after 5pm.
This cost-cutting, driven by the Andrews Labor Government’s rate capping policy, is hurting dedicated council careers and vulnerable elderly people in communities across Greater Bendigo.
Rate Capping Pushing Councils To The Brink
The Andrews Government’s rate capping policy is squeezing the budgets of every local Council In Victoria.
For local communities, that means services aren’t keeping up with demand, and infrastructure isn’t maintained as it needs to be or being built to service the needs of fast-growing communities.
But at Moonee Valley City Council, the situation is dire.
Moonee Valley’s Draft 10 Year Financial plan puts insolvency of the Council just 2 years away.
“A review of the indicators show that the Council is insolvent by 2023/24 if the current level of revenue and expenditure is maintained. One reason the Council’s financial position has deteriorated in recent years, is the introduction of rate capping by the Victorian Government in 2016.”
There is a crisis in local government that needs to be addressed immediately by the Andrews Government.