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


CFA/CYPFA merger costs face blowout: Labour

2000 web siteThe merger of CYPFA and the Community Funding Agency, already slated to cost $2.3 million, could blow out by up to another $4 million on management salaries alone, according to documents obtained by Labour social welfare spokesperson Steve Maharey.

The papers represent blueprint and consultation documents as well as submissions from staff relating to the merger of CYPFA and the CFA, due to take place at the end of the year.

Staff at both organisations have raised serious concerns about the nature of the latest restructuring, Mr Maharey said today.

"Staff are rightly worried that that none of the changes proposed will result in more people being employed on the frontline, or more time for staff for to be able to carry out their core job of looking after at risk children and their families.

"Instead the documents indicate staff will be forced to spend more time behind their desks trying to deal with the bureaucratic demands of a more centralised organisation.

"Staff are critical of more large salaries to managers that will soak up as much as $2 million in the Auckland area and another $2 million for managers in other parts of the country. They are very critical of money going into managers travelling all around the country and they are critical of having to spend less time with families and more time entering information into an unwieldy computer system.

"Staff are also critical of the fact that $5 million was held over from last year's budget despite the organisation being under enormous pressure to deliver a better quality service to the public.

"There is concern also that key activities such as payroll and accounts will be moved from the regions to Wellington. There is no reason for doing this and it will create problems in areas were job losses have already been damaging to the community.

"This is alarming information to be revealed.

"It is the fourth restructuring in seven years for this organisation when it is clear that none of the meddling is going to lead to better results.

"A question has to be asked as to why the Government is doing this? If it isn't going to improve service on the frontline we once again have a government throwing money away on restructuring for restructuring's sake," Mr Maharey said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election