Wellington sucks, in more ways than one, but it certainly sucks your tax dollars with a burgeoning and expanding public service.
I think it is time National revisits their targets as it is obvious that the state sector bosses think they can continue their empire building.
The Romans used decimation, reducing the ranks by 10% but I think it =needs to be harsher than that.
Wellington is home to more public servants than at any time since at least 2000 – and the capital has the greatest share of the bureaucracy since National took office in 2008.
Although National pledged and then made efforts to reduce “core” public servants in favour of “frontline” workers, the number of fulltime public servants based in Wellington rose by more than 900 in the year to June 30, 2013, to 18,493.
It is the largest number since at least 2000, and probably since major state service reforms of the 1980s.
Figures from the State Services Commission show that the number of public servants grew by 1155 to 44,500 in the year to June 30, with the vast majority of new positions in Wellington.
The rise means the capital holds 41.6 per cent of the public sector, the highest rate since John Key became prime minister.
Break out the axes and the scythes and start swinging.Â Read more »