Public service to be tested with targets
Mon, 25 Jun 2012 4:26p.m.
The Government has announced an ambitious set of 10 targets it expects the public service to achieve over the next five years.
The announcement comes on the eve of asset sales legislation passing through its final stage. Labour says it's a well planned distraction.
Prime Minister John Key says the targets are not a wish-list.
"They are a to-do list," he said today.
"We want to get further traction on difficult issues like reducing crime, reducing long-term welfare dependency and reducing educational under-achievement."
Expect bonuses for achievement, and pay cuts if not.
Mr Key says some of the targets will be "extremely difficult" to achieve and will stretch the ability of the public service.
"But I make no apology for having high expectations and wanting New Zealanders to get the most out of their public services."
Finance Minister Bill English says the Government wants to change the way the public sector works so it is more focused and organised around delivering results.
"We're making the public sector leaders accountable for achieving things that make a real difference to the lives of New Zealanders, not just managing a department or agency," he said.
"This is a fundamental shift that requires different thinking."
Some of the targets have been previously announced, and provide the detail that lies underneath the 10 "challenging results" the Government set out earlier this year.
The main targets include:
Since National came to power, more than 2500 public service jobs have been cut.
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29/06/2012 3:32:13 p.m.
Wind and Mirrors.2500 public services jobs gone and 5000 right wing consultants aand advisors hired.$1billion tertairy and early childhood education cutbacks and subsidies for Charter and private schools.
Attempting to offset a deficit of $16 billion pa for Tax cuts for the rich by slashing educational spending,slashing health and ACC spending,increasing GST to 15%,suppressing wage rises to less than 1%,increasing levies and fees, and asset sales all during a recession is at best economic insanity and doomed to failure.
Of course John Keys and his Rich mates will be all right while it is poverty and hardship for the rest of us.
26/06/2012 4:29:17 p.m.
Mike B wrote:
Hi David. If people like me left this country, not sure who is going to pay your benefit at the end of the month. Unemployed figures will go through the roof. What is happening in Greece will look like a tea party! But collect your benefit, it is on me this month!
26/06/2012 3:51:07 p.m.
John Key's a public servant. So is flogging off our state assets while he is still employed in the public service is his final target that he's setting for himself?
26/06/2012 1:49:20 p.m.
LOL unlike you Mike B... who isnt a naturlised Kiwi but is an opportunistic businessman taking advantage of New Zealands lax labour laws and mistreating workers.???
Its people like Barry that need to come back and people like you that the country could well do without.
26/06/2012 1:45:25 p.m.
Wheres the jobs John Key?
26/06/2012 9:41:33 a.m.
Tin Man wrote:
Key's comments on TV 3 this morning say it all about his attitude to mothers and children. When asked about support for mothers of young babies being pressured to go back to work, he responded that single mums boyfriends and fly by nights were abusing children. Yes John but not nearly as much as dads do and what help is there for mums who have to keep kids safe??? No jobs. No benefit. No income . No safe home. Stop scapegoating women and children over NZ unemployment and poverty issues that the state has created for them
26/06/2012 9:20:35 a.m.
Targets seem rather harsh, but always good to hold management responsible and accountable. Something the Public sector does not know. As for Barry, glad you enjoy the sunshine is Australia. Please stay there, just send over the money to repay your student loan you left behind!
25/06/2012 8:29:48 p.m.
What a joke Key and this Gov are, pity we can't put them on performance based pay..... individual contracts for all politicians, and where are the employment oppotunities for the unemployed , like i said before a bloody joke... a disgusted Kiwi working in Aussie Barry
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