Agencies merger ‘makes sense’

Dominion Post 12/05/2011

Finance Minister Bill English says he has not thoroughly considered a merger of the families and children’s commissions but can see merit in the idea. ..Asked about the future of the Families Commission, Mr English said it was only a small public-sector organisation but ministers were looking at all expenditure to make sure it was effective. Commission founding father and UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has said he would consider a merger of the two agencies. Mr English said he had not looked at the ideal in detail but it “makes sense”. “I think it’s a sign of the general pressure in the state sector to cut costs and be more effective. If Mr Dunne can see a way of supporting that with change in the Families Commission then we’re interested in the idea.”