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

 


Community Grant Crackdown Overdue

Community Grant Crackdown Overdue

Tuesday 30 March 2004 - Dr Muriel Newman

Cabinet may have cracked down on the CEG's Social Entrepreneur grants, but it still needs to come clean over what action it has taken to address the Audit Office's damning criticisms over the Government's allocation of taxpayer-funded grants, ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

"The recent controversy over the CEG grants has clearly highlighted the flaws in the Government's grant approval processes," Dr Newman said.

"But these issues are not new. Last year - following a review launched in tandem with the investigation into money received by former ACT MP Donna Awatere Huata - the Audit Office issued a damning report about a lack of adequate checks and balances on money given out by various Government agencies.

"The CEG scandal shows that Labour seems to have simply ignored this report. Money given for such spurious initiatives like overseas hip-hop research - which even the grant recipient admitted amounted to nothing - seems to have been dished out with little or no consideration for community benefit, or value for money.

"This is absolutely disgraceful. Not only are these agencies handing out taxpayers' money, but they are doing so in the knowledge that they should be taking more care. This is not incompetence; this is blatant disregard for public money.

"Cabinet's crack down is just the first step - one which should have been taken last year. This afternoon I will be writing to the Social Services Select Committee, asking that the Labour Department be requested to attend our next meeting and brief us on exactly what steps have been taken since it received the Auditor-General's report last year.

"It is time to front up. Taxpayers need an assurance that their money is being spent in ways that will benefit the community, not on frivolous initiatives with dubious public value," Dr Newman said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news