CONSTITUENCY QUESTION | FAIR GO RATES CAP

Fair Go Rate Cap – Kaushaliya Vaghela MP

FAIR GO RATES CAP – FOR COUNCIL RATESThe Andrews Labor Government is giving all Victorians a fair go!In 2016-17, the Andrews Labor government introduced 'Fair Go Rates Cap' which has succeeded in slowing the annual growth of council rates and charges. City councils in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region have remained cash positive and are able to meet their financial obligations while the ratepayers get a fair go and remain protected.I requested the Hon. Adem Somyurek, the Minister for Local Government, to provide my constituents with an update about the savings and benefits for ratepayers in the councils of Western Metropolitan Region?#KaushaliyaMP

Posted by Kaushaliya Vaghela MP on Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan): My constituency question is directed to the Honourable Adem Somyurek, the Minister for Local Government and Minister for Small Business. The Essential Services Commission released its first report on rate capping in Victoria in June 2019. The report concluded that the Andrews Labor government has protected ratepayers from huge rate rises. The Essential Services Commission is an independent regulator that promotes the long-term interests of Victorian consumers with respect to the price, quality and reliability of essential services. Introduced in 2016–17, the Andrews Labor government’s Fair Go Rates cap has succeeded in slowing the annual growth of council rates and charges. City councils in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region have remained cash positive and are able to meet their financial obligations while the ratepayers get a fair go and remain protected. My question to the minister is: can the minister give me an update on the savings and benefits for ratepayers in the councils in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region?