No huge spend up in Public Service for Christmas…media call them stingy instead

You’ve got to love the mainstream media.

Kirsty Johnson at Fairfax has sent of loads of OIA requests to discover how much money was spent in the public service on christmas functions and gifts for staff.

The answer was next to nothing. Probably not what she was looking for.

Nevermind..a quick re-write from the planned story of excessive spending and now state sector bosses look like Scrooges.

If you thought your work party was a bit stingy, spare a thought for the public service, where Christmas certainly didn’t come early this year – if at all.

Figures released under the Official Information Act show the maximum budget for Government staff shin-digs for 2013 was about $30 per head – with the cash strictly not to be used on alcohol.

In some cases, such as at Internal Affairs, allowances sank as low as $10 per person and parties had to be subsidised by the social club.

Worse, there were no funded parties at most of the hospitals, where staff were left to arrange their own or go without.

Pathetic piece of journalism really.

The request for information was sent to every government ministry. Most did not reply.

PUBLIC SERVICE CHRISTMAS BUDGETS PER HEAD

Internal Affairs $10

Ministry of Health $12.50

Ministry of Education $16

Ministry of Women’s Affairs $20

Ministry for Primary Industries $20

Ministry for the Environment $25

Ministry of Transport $25

Ministry of Culture and Heritage $25

Te Puni Kokiri $25

Housing New Zealand $30


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