December 21, 2009

Time To Change Failed Recipe

Peter's Position blog sees the United Future leader advocating greater use of voluntary and not for profit organisations to help grapple with the thorny social and family issues that have been languishing in the "too hard" basket for decades now.

While there is always the risk that under-resourcing could compound existing social inequalities surely the time has come to try a new approach from the tried and failed framework of centralised government agencies attempting and failing to deal with entrenched failure in education, health, welfare and skills training?

If the challenges of appropriate accountability for public funding and necessary audits can be maintained or made simpler and more effective then perhaps the time has come for a decentralised approach to social service delivery.  Such an approach could work well with the desire by many iwi organisations to take greater autonomy for delivery of services to their own people.

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