Grey Power NZ Federation Local Body Policy
Last Reviewed 9/09/2014
To promote an equitable funding system for local bodies and assist Associations in their involvement with their local body.
Problems the policy addresses
- The views, needs and concerns of older New Zealanders are not currently influencing local council policies.
- The methods of local body funding currently in use disadvantage those on low and fixed incomes.
- Introduce older person’s fora within each Territorial Local Authority (TLA) with sufficient officer support to enable meaningful contribution to policy development. [TLAs & other local bodies] (Addresses problem 1).
- Achieve the adoption by TLAs of policies consistent with WHO’s Age Friendly Cities Strategy.[TLAs & other local bodies] (Addresses problem 1).
- Establish a coalition of like-minded organisations concerned with establishing a fair and equitable funding system for local body expenditure. [NGOs, LGNZ, Academia] (Addresses problem 2).
- Plan a campaign to promote debate on alternative funding methods that meet expenditure requirements and consider ability to pay that reduces ratepayer commitment. [NGOs, LGNZ, Academia] (Addresses problem 2).
- Establish data on how councils engage with the older community and their representatives.
- Determine the most effective model for engagement (considering largest cities, small to medium sized cities, and District Councils with their many small towns).
- Target most receptive councils to adopt the identified model.
(these three goals address solution 1)
- Provide advocacy packages to Associations to assist in preparation of submissions on Long Term Plans and Annual Plans.
- Identify organisations working towards better funding bases for local authorities.
- Establish working relationships with appropriate organisations.
- Draft pro forma Memorandum of Understanding for use when agreeing to work with other organisations in the field.
(these three goals address solution 3)
- Establish a repository of easily accessible and summarised research on funding systems.
- Establish criteria required to ensure that any funding system is fair, equitable and identifies and addresses true hardship arising from ability to pay.
- Model and publish impact of proposed alternate funding systems against agreed criteria.
- Model impact of rating individual Retirement village properties, including ability to claim rates rebate, and provide to appropriate associations.
- Promote provision at TLA level of rate rebate schemes for granny flats and properties outside the Government scheme
- Monitor TLA’s to establish intentions, and alongside the Association affected, make submissions to the appropriate authority
- Maintain a watching brief and encourage Associations to also keep a watching brief (these latter goals address solution 4)
- Engage with TLAs for provision of both ‘village’ and mixed purpose development that promote the development of small high quality housing units in district plans
- Monitor TLA’s to establish intentions and alongside the Association affected make submissions to the appropriate authority