23 Apr 2021

Royal Commission into Abuse in Care told to work with Treasury on spending

From Morning Report, 7:09 am on 23 April 2021

The Royal Commission into historical abuse in care has been told to rein in its skyrocketing spending and now has to work with Treasury to get back on track.

Documents released to RNZ show operational spending has increased by more than 80 percent in this financial year.

It's asked for three emergency funding top-ups because it has blown the $56 million budget meant to last another two years.

But it's not a case of poor financial management, says the responsible Minister Jan Tinetti - just a learning curve.

Here's political reporter Katie Scotcher.

Morning Report invited the commission to respond this morning, but no-one was unavailable.