Local councils lack the means to tackle homelessness, but are often closest to the people at risk. A national plan should recognise and resource the role councils can play in preventing homelessness.
Our elected representatives should simply choose to open their official council meetings with something more inclusive and representative of the whole community.
One-third of local councils have rules to stop pet cats roaming because of their major impacts on wildlife. More councils want to get on board but many are hampered by state laws.
A national survey shows that, while Australians see the traditional council services as very important, most support local government involvement in a much broader range of issues and activities.
Preparing a bid for such funding can cost project hopefuls up to £30,000.
If some progress was made in the early 2000s, austerity measures from 2010 saw the push for equality, diversity or inclusion die down.
New Zealand’s largest city is governed by a small, remote body with only a semblance of representative democracy. Given the city’s massive challenges, is that good enough?
When a local authority runs out of cash, it is its most vulnerable citizens who suffer the most from the cuts to services and staffing that follow.
Here’s some good environmental news – local governments and local actions have slashed the plastic on our beaches. Incentives, awareness and access are the key.
Street traders in South Africa play a significant role in the country’s economic and social development and deserve to be protected in terms of the Constitution.
With Russia poised to launch cyberattacks on US targets, many local governments find themselves without the staff or resources to even recognize when they’re under attack.
If the UK government is serious about levelling up the country, granting its second-tier cities more political and financial independence would be a good place to start.
Despite widespread black poverty caused by unemployment, progress has been made towards the goal of a racially equal society.
The important developmental role that intermediate city municipalities can play in creating employment and stimulating growth suggests they should be prioritised.
The practice of using electricity revenue surpluses to fund other municipal services is running out of road.
It’s not convincing to argue that the political parties would not be able to campaign as they have done in the past.
People can die when the federal government doesn’t work well with state and local governments – the COVID-19 crisis showed that. But the Biden administration has signaled an openness to collaboration.
The decision to create new administrative units is grounded in split opinions
The collapse of local government in small towns is beginning to affect investment in farming, and the ability of agribusinesses to operate.
The problem in municipalities is not that the wrong people are being chosen. It is that the wrong people are doing the choosing – not only of candidates but of what they do if elected.