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Cost index

Research indicates that local government costs typically increase by around one per cent above the consumer price index (CPI).

The CPI is a weighted basket of household goods and services. But, council services are quite different to household services, since a greater proportion of costs are directed towards providing infrastructure and social and community services.

These costs generally exceed other cost increases in the economy.

Our local government cost index forecasts local government cost movements each year.

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