Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Public Needs to Be Reassured on Funds Allocation

Public Needs to Be Reassured on Funds Allocation

Thursday 1 Aug 2002 Dr Muriel Newman Press Releases -- Social Welfare


ACT Northland-based MP Dr Muriel Newman is writing to both CYFS and the Health Ministry questioning how they make decisions to fund health and social services agencies and what ongoing monitoring they do to prevent mass wastage of taxpayers money.

Dr Newman's action follows the allegations of poor management and wastage of funds at Northland agency Te Hau Ora O Te Tai Tokerau (THOTT).

"The problems at THOTT obviously didn't occur overnight. Why was the situation allowed to continue for so long?

"The public needs to have confidence that Government departments and ministries are, firstly checking into the credentials of organisations and people seeking funding, and secondly, that proper ongoing monitoring of the organisations and their use of taxpayers' money is carried out.

"There needs to be accountability. Without that, millions of dollars of hard earned taxpayers' money could be flushed down the drain.

"If the processes at CYFS and the Health Ministry are inadequate, then the problems with THOTT could just be the tip of the iceberg.

"I look forward to a full response from the two government agencies outlining their systems and processes. It is vital that public confidence can be restored," Dr Newman said.

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Sir Michael Cullen’s Tax Reform

To ordinary wage and salary earners who (a) watch a slice of their gross income being taxed every week via PAYE and who also (b) pay GST on every single thing they buy, there has been something quite surreal about the centre-right’s angry and anguished reactions to the Tax Working Group’s final report... More>>

 
 

89 Cents An Hour: Govt Plans Fix For Minimum Wage For People With Disabilities

IHC is delighted that the Government is looking into replacing the Minimum Wage Exemption (MWE) with a wage supplement to ensure people with disabilities are paid at least the minimum wage. More>>

ALSO:

Te Waihanga: New Independent Commission To Tackle Infrastructure Issues

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga – will be established as an Autonomous Crown Entity to carry out two broad functions – strategy and planning and procurement and delivery support. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Action Against Poverty: Motels Profit From Housing Crisis

A single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide emergency assistance, despite never having a Code Compliance Certificate – an offence under the Building Act – and receiving a series of longstanding complaints from occupants... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Alleged China Relations Crisis

If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs... More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>

ALSO:

Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>

ALSO:

Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels