The Public Service is working hard to meet the targets the government set for better public services:
Student achievement is ahead of target, welfare dependence continues to fall, immunisation rates are growing and child abuse rates are stabilising, Ministers Bill English and Paula Bennett say.
The Government has released the latest update of the Better Public Services (BPS) Results, outlining their progress against the ten challenging targets set by the Prime Minister in 2012.
The BPS targets include reducing long-term welfare dependence, supporting vulnerable children, boosting skills and employment, reducing crime, and improving public and business interaction with government.
Provisional 2015 NCEA Level 2 achievement results show the proportion of 18-year olds who achieve a NCEA Level 2 qualification has increased to 84.4 per cent, from 74.3 per cent in 2011.
“This means the target of 85 per cent by 2017 has almost been meet, two years ahead of schedule,” Mr English says.
The number of benefit recipients has decreased by 7,245 in a year, largely driven by decreases in Sole Parent Support and Job Seeker support numbers.
“This is good news on two levels because sole parents are getting into the workforce and becoming independent.
“In the last year we’ve reduced the long term cost of benefit dependence by $2.4 billion dollars through welfare reform and better support for beneficiaries to get back to work.”
The reduction of cost isn’t the only benefit. Social indicators such as health, education and crime are better for people in work and their children than for those on benefits.
The most recent results show that since the targets were introduced:
- the proportion of immunised 8-month olds has increased from 82 per cent to 93.7 per cent
- there has been a 45 per cent decrease in people being hospitalised for the first time with rheumatic fever, a disease of poverty
- the trend in the number of children and young people experiencing substantiated physical abuse has flattened, after previously being on an upward trajectory
- total crime, violent crime and youth crime have dropped 17 per cent, 10 per cent and 39 per cent respectively
- 52.9 per cent of government service transactions with citizens are now completed digitally, up from 29.9 per cent in 2012
“This has always been an aspirational Government, which is why we set challenging targets in areas that matter to New Zealanders, like ensuring our schools deliver outstanding education, healthcare is reaching those who most need it, and our communities are safe,” State Services Minister Paula Bennett says.
“Without doubt, we wouldn’t be seeing these kinds of results without the hard work and dedication from hundreds of thousands of public servants across New Zealand.
“We’re committed to backing them to do their jobs, which is why we’re spending more on frontline services and changing our structures so agencies can work together more effectively.”
The latest Better Public Service Results update can be found here