Productivity Commission sends worrying signal ahead of Budget 2015


The Public Service Association (PSA) says today’s release of the Productivity Commission’s draft Report Into Social Services sends a worrying signal of the Government’s intentions ahead of Budget 2015.

Richard Wagstaff, PSA national secretary, said “New Zealanders are rightly proud of our social services that work hard to help us all live better lives,”

“Shifting social services to a private contracting model and forcing New Zealanders to deal with insurance companies would be a massive backward step.

“The Productivity Commission is proposing huge changes without talking to the frontline staff providing services who have the best sense of where improvements can be made.

“Coupled with Bill English’s comments around changing the way social services are provided, this report should worry anyone who cares about the future of our social services.

“New Zealanders want a system that works for them, and this shouldn’t be put at risk with an untested, unproven model.

“The Government needs to reassure New Zealand that it does not plan to implement these risky proposals,” said Mr Wagstaff.