The Herald reports:
State Services Minister Tony Ryall yesterday gave an update on the Government’s “cap of core government administration”.
The number of full-time jobs in core administrative roles fell by 1480 or 3.8 per cent last year to 37,379.
At the same time, said Mr Ryall, 540 full-time equivalent jobs had been added in “key frontline agencies outside the cap”, including Child, Youth and Family, Work and Income, and Community Probation.
“National campaigned to cap the size of the core bureaucracy and we’ve done that. This allows us to free up resources for improving frontline services,” Mr Ryall said.
After a 50% increase in the size of the public service under Labour, this is a great achievement.
“We would have looked at the quality and the need for the staff, it would have been more about capping and not cutting,” says Labour leader Phil Goff.
I wonder what Grant Robertson thought of his leader’s endorsement of National’s policy of capping the number of staff. Maybe Grant could clarify what Labour’s policy now is? I am sure the PSA have been on the phone to him.
At the last election National campaigned on capping core public service jobs, a policy PSA national secretary Brenda Pilott said was “a farce”.
So is Brenda saying Phil Goff is supporting a farce?
“The Government has been cutting, not capping, jobs at a time when unemployment rose to a 10-year high.”
And the Government is borrowing $240 million a week. Private sector jobs create income for the Government, while public sector ones soak up that money. The fewer jobs we have in the private sector, the fewer we can afford in the public sector. This is why economic growth is rather important.