20 Mar 2012

English defends public-service restructuring goals

8:15 pm on 20 March 2012

The National-led government has defended its plans to restructure the public service in the face of criticism from the Labour Party.

During Parliament's question time on Tuesday, Finance Minister Bill English said the changes will allow the Government to assess whether its spending on public services actually makes a difference.

Mr English said setting 10 results for the public service to achieve will be a challenge for the Government.

"No government, including the previous Labour government, has put itself to the test with respect to the 10 results that the Prime Minister announced last week," he said.

"They will enable us to to get to grips with long-running difificult issues in New Zealand such as crime, reoffending rates, violence to children and long-term welfare dependency."