Council to submit on the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into local government regulation

The Productivity Commission released an issues paper earlier this month setting out the inquiry terms of reference and posing a series of 65 questions for public consultation.

The Hurunui District Council has now considered the 80-page Issues Paper and has decided that a working party of Councillors Davison, Harrė and Little would prepare a draft submission in response to this.

The Commission’s inquiry is expected focus on how best to allocate regulatory functions between central and local government; including a stock-take of what councils are doing, how much of that is driven by central government, and how much is driven locally. The Commission has also been asked to find opportunities for improving local government’s regulatory performance and to recommend options for regular assessment of that performance.

The Commission’s inquiry work will feed into the Government’s wider local government review, outlined in Better Local Government, published in March this year.

Key inquiry dates

The draft report, incorporating the response to the first consultation round, will be released in December 2012 for further submission by February 2013. The final report is expected to be with the Government by 1 April 2013.

For further information:

Audrey van der Monde
Manager Corporate and Community Services
Hurunui District Council
P: 03 314 0012