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CYFs state must not be used to justify privatisation - Greens

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Social Development Minister Anne Tolley must not use the dire state of Child Youth and Family to justify another privatisation, the Green Party said today.

"In the House today, the Minister did not rule out privatising parts of Child Youth and Family in the upcoming report to cabinet on the service’s future," Green Party social development spokesperson Jan Logie said.

"It looks like the Government has systemically underinvested in Child Youth and Family, just as it has with Housing New Zealand, to justify privatising these core Government services.

"The Children’s Commissioner’s report into state care of our most vulnerable kids should be a call to action, not a call to sell.

"The report made it very clear that "we cannot afford to wait" for the Government’s various reviews and restructuring.

"The six-fold increase in notifications for children in state care means that the children need our help now.

"I asked the Minister if she would approve a one-off funding injection to ensure the safety of children currently in care, and she rejected it.

"The 5000 children in our collective care are the equivalent of a small town of children, who we can't guarantee are safe.

"The Minister has had many opportunities to act before now. The Ministry of Social Development warned in October 2014 that it would be short by $60 million by 2017, and would be unable to do its job.

"Government’s other experiments with privatisation have been a disaster, and as the Minister has herself said, children are not lab rats," Ms Logie said

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