Public service targets being met -- English

  • 14/03/2016
Bill English (Simon Wong / Newshub.)
Bill English (Simon Wong / Newshub.)

Student achievement is ahead of target, welfare dependence is falling and immunisation rates are improving, the Government says in its latest public service performance update.

The Better Public Services programme began in 2012 when 10 targets were set.

They include reducing long-term welfare dependence, supporting vulnerable children, boosting skills and employment, reducing crime and improving public and business interaction with government departments.

Finance Minister Bill English says provisional 2015 NCEA Level 2 results show the proportion of 18-year-olds achieving the qualification has increased to 84.4 percent from 74.3 percent in 2011.

"This means the target of 85 percent by 2017 has almost been met, two years ahead of schedule," he said on Monday.

The number of beneficiaries has decreased by 7245 in a year, largely driven by falling sole parent support and job seeker support numbers.

"This is good news on two levels because sole parents are getting into the workforce and becoming independent," Mr English said.

"In the last year we've reduced the long-term cost of benefit dependence by $2.4 billion through welfare reform and better support for beneficiaries to get back to work."

The latest results show that since the targets were introduced: