Government proud of small reduction in government employees. It’s not good enough

The government is trying to reduce troughers and bureaucrats and has made a good start…but it is nowhere near good enough.

Decimation would be a target to aim for.

The number of backroom bureaucrats is at its lowest since a cap was set in 2012.

State Services Minister Paula Bennett says there were 35,632 full time staff at the end of June, 474 fewer than in December.

“This latest result is 843 under the cap set by the Government in 2012, and the lowest since it was introduced,” she said today.

“The Government has made it a focus to cut unnecessary bureaucracy and waste and target expenditure where it will deliver measurable results.”   

The Treasury seems to be an exception.

Labour’s Grant Robertson said yesterday it had breached its own staff cap by 64 full-time positions and was paying nearly 50 people more than $180,000.

Quoting figures from its annual report, he said it now has nearly 250 staff earning over $100,000.

Don’t you love Grant Robertson and the Labour Party.

They have opposed every cut or reduction in staffing on behalf of their union mates in the PSA at every step of the way.

And now they find one department that is slightly over budget and they attack on that too.

Is Grant Robertson saying that he’d like to hold the government to account and see those 64 (probable PSA union dues paying members) get the arse card so he can get a win over Bill English?

Is he?

 

– 3News


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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