Is my council spending my money on the things I care about? How does my council's spending compare with other councils?
Finding the answers is difficult and time consuming. It requires interpretation and analysis of complex council reports (annual reports, long-term council community plans etc.) and data.
Our team used local government data (as collected by central Government) to produce website prototype called My Life My Council. The simple interface allows people see the proportion of their rates being spent on the services they are most interested in, and compare this with spending by other councils.
There is potential to add on a range of features, including a back-end reporting service to gather information about which services are most important to ratepayers within a given district. To make the website free for ratepayers, councils and other interested parties could subscribe to the reporting service.
My Life, My Council fosters people's curiosity about what happens with their money. Knowledge gained from the website gives people the power to influence council decisions and make their community a great place to live.