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Government response to the Productivity Commission report on More Effective Social Services published on Treasury website, May 2017

Contributor(s): New Zealand. Treasury | New Zealand. State Services Commission.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington, New Zealand : The Treasury State Services Commission, 2017Description: electronic document (5 pages) ; PDF file: 72 KB.Subject(s): DISABLED PEOPLE | GOVERNMENT POLICY | New Zealand Productivity Commission | ECONOMIC ASPECTS | INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION | MĀORI | NONPROFIT ORGANISATIONS | OLDER PEOPLE | SOCIAL POLICY | SOCIAL SERVICES | SUPPORT SERVICES | WHĀNAU ORA | NEW ZEALANDOnline resources: Govt response to report | Responses to recommendations | Access the website Summary: In May 2017 Treasury and the State Services Commission released the government's response to the Productivity Commission's report on More Effective Social Services. (#4811) The response is made up of two documents, this Government response report and another report responding to specific recommendations made in the original report from the Productivity Commission.. The quote below comes from the Government response document. "The Government agrees with the Productivity Commission that the system of social services needs to be more responsive and client-centred. This will require government to: · build up knowledge about what works and apply this effectively to ensure good outcomes · create the right relationships and enable collaboration across different services · create an environment that lets agencies and other providers have a relentless focus on improving client and user outcomes · create the infrastructure to support decision-making that is focused on long-term outcomes for people. Investing in outcomes for the long-term The Government is focused on improving the lives of New Zealanders through the development and application of the social investment approach. This is about improving the lives of New Zealanders..." (From the Overview). Background: In June 2014, the Productivity Commission was asked to look at ways to improve how government agencies commission and purchase social services. The final report was released in mid-September 2015. It makes several recommendations about how to make social services more responsive, client-focused, accountable and innovative. The Commission's final report, More effective social services (#4811), and other material can be found here on the Commission's website. In May 2017 the Treasury, in conjunction with the State Services Commission, released the Government Response to the Commission's report. The relevant media statement from the Minister of State Services and Minister of Finance can be found on the Beehive website. (From the Treasury website). Record #5485
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In May 2017 Treasury and the State Services Commission released the government's response to the Productivity Commission's report on More Effective Social Services. (#4811) The response is made up of two documents, this Government response report and another report responding to specific recommendations made in the original report from the Productivity Commission.. The quote below comes from the Government response document.
"The Government agrees with the Productivity Commission that the system of social services needs to be more responsive and client-centred. This will require government to:
· build up knowledge about what works and apply this effectively to ensure good outcomes
· create the right relationships and enable collaboration across different services
· create an environment that lets agencies and other providers have a relentless focus on improving client and user outcomes
· create the infrastructure to support decision-making that is focused on long-term outcomes for people.
Investing in outcomes for the long-term
The Government is focused on improving the lives of New Zealanders through the development and application of the social investment approach. This is about improving the lives of New Zealanders..." (From the Overview).

Background: In June 2014, the Productivity Commission was asked to look at ways to improve how government agencies commission and purchase social services. The final report was released in mid-September 2015. It makes several recommendations about how to make social services more responsive, client-focused, accountable and innovative.

The Commission's final report, More effective social services (#4811), and other material can be found here on the Commission's website.

In May 2017 the Treasury, in conjunction with the State Services Commission, released the Government Response to the Commission's report.

The relevant media statement from the Minister of State Services and Minister of Finance can be found on the Beehive website. (From the Treasury website). Record #5485