Commonwealth Local Government Forum

Local government finance

Resourcing local government remains a central challenge to effective decentralisation. This section has content relating to different models of fiscal decentralisation, options for identifying new sources of local revenue, such as local property tax; and strategies for improving collection and deployment of own-source revenue. It also offers information about improving the borrowing potential of local government, innovative financing models such as municipal bonds, shared services, and public private partnerships.



Living City Initiative - A new pilot project for urban regeneration

The Living City Initiative is a targeted pilot tax incentive which aims to seek to address this issue in two ways by focusing on: 1. encouraging people back to the centre of Irish cities to live in historic buildings 2. encouraging the regeneration of the retail heartland of central business districts. The Initiative will provide tax incentives for works performed to refurbish residential and retail buildings either to bring them up to a habitable standard or even to make improvements to buildings which are currently inhabited. The incentives will be targeted at owner/occupiers rather than property developers.

Author: Department of Finance Publisher: Government of Ireland Publication year: 2016

Perspectives on Australian Local Government Reform edited by Brian Dollery and Ian Tiley - Book Review

Review of the book: "Perspectives on Australian Local Government Reform" edited by Brian Dollery and Ian Tiley

Author: Bligh Grant Publisher: University of Technology Sydney Press Publication year: 2015

Local governance in Bangladesh: policy and strategy framework

Review of the book: "Local governance in Bangladesh: policy and strategy framework" by Mohammad Rafiqul Islam Talukdar

Author: Tofail Ahmed Publisher: University of Technology Sydney Press Publication year: 2015

Elite perceptions of change in English local government: comparisons between conservative and new labour governments

In 1997 Local Government Studies published an article (Asquith, 1997) which assessed the perceptions of managerial and political elites in eight English local authorities towards change management against the background of Conservative Governments' reform agendas. The article argued that the authorities could be placed on a continuum depending on their state of organisational evolution, with some authorities being better equipped to manage change than others. During 2005 the authorities were revisited to ascertain how they had adapted to deal with the reforming Blair Governments since 1997. What this article shows is that characteristics evidenced in the original work in the authority deemed to have evolved the most, were present in those authorities revisited.

Author: Andy Asquith Publisher: University of Technology Sydney Press Publication year: 2014

The local government system in Botswana

Botswana is a democratic republic with a two-tier system of government: central government is headed by the president, and local government headed by a mayor in towns/cities and a council chairperson in rural districts. There is no constitutional provision for local government the main legislative text is the Local Government Act 2012. The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is charged with providing policy direction and guidance. Local government comprises 16 administrative districts (ten rural, six urban). Under thee there are 20 sub-districts including four administrative authorities. Governance at local level is also based on a traditional system of villages headed by a kgosi (chief). This traditional system works cooperatively with the district councils. Although councils have legal powers to collect certain taxes, levies and fees, central government provides over 90% of their total recurrent revenue. Statutory council functions include provision of primary education, infrastructure,tertiary and access roads, health and sanitation, economic and physical development, collection and management of waste, and general maintenance of law and order.

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