Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Rehabilitation and support aim of Veterans Bill

Rehabilitation and support aim of new Veterans Bill

Veterans who do paid or unpaid work will no longer lose part of their veteran’s pensions entitlement following today’s passing of the War Pensions Amendment Act (No 2).

Veterans’ Affairs Minister George Hawkins said the Act reflected war veteran’s special status and needs.

“With the passing of the Act, veterans will be able to undertake paid employment to a certain level before their pensions begin to abate.

“The aim is to support veterans under 65 make the transition back into the workforce, with the focus on better assisting their overall rehabilitation,” Mr Hawkins said.

Rates of abatement of 30 cents for every $1 of employment income apply to veteran’s whose pensions exceed $80 per week. This increases to 70 cents for every employment dollar for veteran’s whose pensions are in excess of $180 per week.

The Act raises the floor for veterans’ pension rates for married couples to not less than 65 per cent of average weekly earnings, compared with 60 per cent previously.

It also incorporates the overall increase in veterans’ rates following the 2.72 per cent rise in the Consumers Price Index announced on 1 April.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election