Families Commission in for major shake up
NZ Herald 29 May 2012
The Families Commission will lose six out of seven of its commissioners under reforms proposed by the Government, and more than half of its budget will be redirected into a new research unit. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced the major shake-up yesterday, in which the commission will take on a new monitoring and research role. About $4 million of the Families Commission’s $32.5 million budget would be redirected into parenting programmes and relationship education in schools. Some of this would also go into Prime Minister John Key’s social media-based mental health scheme for young people. Of the remaining funding, $14.2 million would be invested in a new Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit.