How badly will rate capping affect local jobs and our local economy?

Jobs will be cut and local economies will suffer

Although Rate Capping is not coming into effect until the 2015/16 financial year we are already seeing the fall out. The Minister for Local Government has written to all Councils and cautioned them against increases above CPI in the next budget.

A number of Councils are using this as an excuse to restructure and outsource:

  • Baw Baw Shire Council are making 33 positions redundant. They have also flagged that another 111 positions will be considered for outsourcing or shared service arrangements. This includes 55 positions in Home and Community Care. READ MORE
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council have announced a major restructure. There have been around 15 staff depart the organisation this year. To date those positions have not been replaced. The CEO is reviewing the entire organisation and has advised staff that he is predisposed to contracting out and that he wants to make Mornington Peninsula Shire Council a template for the whole state. READ MORE

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