From Policy to Practice & Implementation

Local government is big business. Together local governments in B.C. employ thousands of people, have budgets that total nearly $3 billion, and have a massive value of assets to manage. Local government is big business but its purpose is simple - to serve the people. This is why the general policies of the UBCM are few in number and deal with the basic issues of local government. It is a simple idea with a simple purpose that we are trying to achieve through the policies.

A common thread throughout the policies is that local government should change in response to the changing needs of the community. This theme should be reflected in the policies themselves - they should be reviewed regularly and kept up to date.

UBCM PRACTICE

The general policies of the UBCM are just that - general. They are not intended to deal with specific situations but rather offer a common foundation on which the UBCM can take position on specific problems. The resolutions of the UBCM Conventions are one way in which the general policies are reflected in specific situations. Position papers of the UBCM are another example of how the policies are put into practice.

IMPLEMENTATION

It is not enough just to have policies. They only offer a guide as to how to react in a particular situation. Policies must be followed by actions. Implementation of the UBCM policies will depend on the actions of many. It will depend on the other orders of government and it will depend on ongoing actions of the UBCM and its members, such as in building public support for local government reforms, focusing the attention of the provincial government on the changes required, and pressing for more involvement in discussions involving the federal government when matters affecting local government are being discussed.

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