‘Carol’ from CYFs
At the highest levels of the Labour Party, there is a deep disgust at what the Public Service of NZ has become. The stories of how beneficiaries are being treated by our neoliberal welfare state, as exampled on TDB time and time and time and time and time again have built a belief that something fundamental must be done about the cultures within our neoliberal welfare state agencies.
The manner and way these neoliberal welfare agencies have gone about punishing and damaging the most vulnerable amongst us with draconian polices staffed by people who enjoy their power over fellow human beings has been heard by the Labour leadership.
At the same time shows like The Hui have been unearthing the horror of past abuse by our Public Service meted out to 100 000 children.
This rising wave of disgust at our Public Service may give Labour the courage to finally force it to radically reform.
My advice to Labour is that if they really want to force culture change within the Public Service, to move them away from abusing vulnerable people to helping them. then they must empower advocates to be able to help beneficiaries navigate the purposely difficult agencies and fund these advocates enough to be able to produce annual reports that can humiliate and shame the agencies if they continue to hurt those they are charged with helping.
Handing more money over to a neoliberal Public Service can’t be the answer, however changing policy and then setting guard dogs with real teeth can be the answer.
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