17 Jan 2020

Social Work agency, struggling to deliver, but can't afford to pay quality staff

From Summer Report, 8:25 am on 17 January 2020

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A social work agency in Hawke's Bay has been turning away applicants because it can't afford to pay them enough.

Other non-government agencies report serious problems with retaining and recruiting social workers since Oranga Tamariki raised pay rates.

The differential is about $30,000 dollars since government rates went up a year ago.

Andy Pilbrow heads up Birthright Hawke's Bay and told reporter Phil Pennington they've been struggling to deliver.