John Hayes: How will the Government and the Public Service go about achieving better results?
Hon BILL ENGLISH: In the first place, by focusing on making a difference, rather than just getting more money, which has been the culture up to 2009. Secondly, by working more closely together among departments. But, thirdly, by looking around the wider community to see who can help us with getting higher levels of educational achievement or less offending in prison. Under the National-led Government the Public Service is not so arrogant that it believes everything has to be run by the Public Service.
The idea that the community can help is not new.
That’s what used to happen before the welfare system was established.
The public service has taken over delivery of support and assistance which was formerly provided by community groups. It’s not necessarily better at doing it which is why it makes sense to hand some of that work back to other organisations.