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Still no evidence of how merger will help kids

Judith Collins MP National Party Welfare Spokeswoman

10 March 2006

Still no evidence of how merger will help kids

"Labour has yet to provide the evidence to show how the creation of a giant bureaucracy will benefit the at-risk children currently being looked after by CYF," says National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins.

She is referring to the release of Cabinet papers provided by the State Services Commission on the merger between Child Youth & Family (CYF) and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

"I asked for all the papers, but so far all we've seen is one document that catalogues Labour's failings as a manager of CYF.

"But, as we suspected, there've been no costings and no work done on whether the merger will actually deliver better results at CYF, or at MSD, for that matter.

"What the papers show is that CYF is a department in trouble. They show that it has been in trouble for quite some time, making a mockery of Labour's pre-election insistence that everything was just fine.

"Nothing I've seen so far gives me any confidence that a bigger Labour-style bureaucracy will get it right, especially when these papers show that the vast amount of taxpayers' money that Labour has poured into the department has had such little effect," says Ms Collins.

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