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LGNZ and SOLGM raise questions over LGA Amendment Bill
By LGNZ editor, Graham Hawkes
Local Government New Zealand and SOLGM are preparing a joint submission on the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill 2012 that the Government plans to pass into law.
The two groups are currently running seminars on the Bill and are using feedback from those events to build their submission.
They plan to accept submissions on the document until 4.30pm on Friday July 13, giving themselves time to finalise a submission before the cut-off date of July 26.
LGNZ and SOLGM say they read the regulatory impact statement (RIS) that accompanied this Bill with great interest and believe the scale of change signalled in the Bill and in the other parts of the Better Local Government programme “have the potential to create the most significant change to the sector since the amalgamations and accountability review of 1989”.
“We would have expected that the proposals would be matched by a robust assessment of all of the available evidence,” the two groups say in a paper which invites feedback from members. They note these two warnings in the RIS statement:
“There is limited evidence to inform the development of these proposals, and the timeframes within which the proposals have been developed have restricted the ability to assess multiple options. As a result, the problem analysis and option assessments of specific proposals rely on assumptions that are not, or are only partially tested” and:
“The short timeframe for formatting and drafting the legislation creates some risk that interventions could be incorrectly aligned, and/or require subsequent amendment to address unforeseen circumstances.”
SOLGM and LGNZ say neither organisation has come across statements of this nature in a RIS document before and believe they raise questions about the quality of the policy analysis on which the Bill has been developed.
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