Something out of Yes Minister!

The NZ Herald reports: Quote:

One of the tasks of the Government’s Small Business Council is to advise the Government on whether the Small Business Council should continue, which amounts to a classic Yes, Minister scenario, according to National.

The primary role of the 13-member Small Business Council, announced by Small Business Minister Stuart Nash in early August, is to develop a strategy to drive improvement and innovation in the sector.

It has a fixed term of one year to deliver results. With monthly meetings and an estimated cost of $135,000, that works out to more than $11,000 of tax-payer funding per meeting.

The council is made up of business leaders from the private sector including The Icehouse, Xero and Fonterra, Chamber of Commerce heads, tax experts and academics.

In response to questions from National, Nash said the council would report back in July 2019 with a “Small Business Strategy, advice on a segmented definition of small business, advice on the potential establishment of a small business institute and a recommendation on whether the Small Business Council should continue to exist, and if so, what its ongoing form and function should be”.

National’s small business spokeswoman Jacqui Dean said the situation was farcical.

“In a classic Yes, Minister scenario, the council has been tasked with advising Small Business Minister Stuart Nash on the establishment of a small business institute, or to put it plainly, a working group will advise on whether to create another working group.

“The council, which will also advise on its own future beyond June 2019, is one of more than 180 working groups hatched by a Government that came to office without having worked out its policies during nine years in opposition. It prefers to use $135,000 of taxpayer money to pay for this working group,” Dean said in a statement. End quote.

I don’t think we needed to have a working group for this one. The recommendation is likely to say that the Small Business Council should continue but with a much expanded budget and head count so they can be bigger than the small businesses they are supposed to represent.

These working groups can always find a way to build a better and bigger trough.


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