Judith Collins bill proposing a new law giving city councils powers to fast-track building more houses.
Im unclear whether she drafted this bill but regardless, I believe her solution is an excellent one. Surely councils have designated land for housing in the past, I dont know, could someone fill me in on this, and if not, then yes Judith, I totally agree, it should be rushed through, the chronic lack of affordable (and please note that word) housing is an abomination and is an indictment on our society as a whole.
While watching the online council discussions today I learnt that the 5 year targeted 'govt compliance' rate of 4.5% will after the 5 years carry on and be added into the general rate, not come to an end as I had assumed. So 8.9% will then be the baseline for rates increases. The council is getting better and better at hiding the details.
Please sign the petition linked below which asks the Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for the Public Service Chris Hipkins to support the public service and reverse the decision to suppress wages.