CYF review panel head cost defended

  • 13/10/2015
John Key (Simon Wong/3 News)
John Key (Simon Wong/3 News)

The Government is defending how much it's paying the head of the expert panel charged with overhauling Child, Youth and Family.

Paula Rebstock, who also chairs ACC's board, is paid a daily fee of $2000 for her work on the CYF review.

That figure is double the maximum standard fee and an exemption had to be sought.

Prime Minister John Key says the work Ms Rebstock is doing is "incredibly important".

"The advice would be worth it in terms of the significance of the problem," Mr Key told reporters today.

"We're talking about young people, we're talking about very vulnerable young people, we're talking about people the system has failed for a long period of time."

Mr Key said it was the State Services Commission that set the daily rate Ms Rebstock would be paid.

Cabinet was required to sign it off, but Mr Key wouldn't go into details about what was discussed around the cabinet table or whether the amount was questioned.

Labour leader Andrew Little says the amount Ms Rebstock is being paid is a "disgrace".

"For a government department that as now we clearly know is under resourced, struggling to do its job, dealing with some of the most vulnerable young people in the country, to have somebody come along and get paid $10,000 a week to review, that's a disgrace."