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Big pay rises for CYF bureaucrats

Anne Tolley MP
National Party Associate Welfare (CYFS) Spokeswoman
7 May 2006

Big pay rises for CYF bureaucrats

Official figures show a tripling in the number of executives at troubled Child Youth and Family Services earning more than $120,000, says National Party Associate Welfare spokeswoman Anne Tolley.

“This is a department which has lurched from one crisis to the next, and has rewarded the bureaucrats in charge with big taxpayer-funded salary increases.”

Figures obtained by Mrs Tolley show CYF now has the equivalent of nearly 30 full-timers earning more than $120,000, a leap from the ten people in that bracket the previous two years.

The increase compares to an overall rise in staff numbers of 8%, and a $17 million increase in annual salary costs to $136m.

“The mind just boggles at the fact that Labour has allowed those at the top of a ‘dysfunctional’ department to be rewarded for ongoing failure.

“The organisation is becoming bureaucratised, while the real need is in the front-line where social workers have been dealing with a huge increase in notifications,” says Mrs Tolley.

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