Treasury Report Short Of The Mark
Wednesday 11 Dec 2002 Dr Muriel Newman Press Releases -- Social Welfare
Treasury's latest study, into the effectiveness of social spending to improve the well-being of children, has failed to
address the real issues of the causes of social dysfunction" ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman
"The working paper `Investing in Well-being: An Analytical Framework' clearly states that it intends to compare the
cost effectiveness of interventions for children.
"However, while traversing the core issues of adverse outcomes for children - such as sole and teenage parenthood, poor
targeting of social assistance, bad legislation, and the fact that non-Government agencies can be more effective than
the state - the report does not identity these factors as warranting further investigation, Dr Newman said.
"The report states that potential areas of focus for the project's next stage are symptoms of family dysfunction,
rather than causes. What is so disappointing about this paper is that the country is crying out for an in-depth study
into the causes of poor social outcomes for children.
"This report is not of the fearless calibre that we have come to expect from Treasury. Rather than confronting the high
level issues of family breakdown and welfare reform, it is a solid piece of politically correct work that will not
contradict Labour's belief in more programmes and interventions. It is the sort of work that Parliament's self-labelled,
most politically correct Minister, The Minister of Social Services, will find acceptable," Dr Newman said.
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