The Authority has achieved staff reductions and salary related savings in line with targets. That said, the amalgamation was not project managed effectively. It has been slow to implement some of its key objectives against plans and the costs of the amalgamation have increased to the extent that it is unable to meet key objectives. Stakeholders are dissatisfied with the amalgamation outcomes. This dissatisfaction would have been mitigated with better communication.The Authority’s approach to implementing the amalgamation varied from that originally proposed by government. But it did not record the changed approach in an amalgamation plan.
Parliamentary reference - Report number #178 - released 3 April 2008