Parliament

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

 

$387 million to stay in Kiwis’ pockets

Hon Judith Collins
Minister for ACC

31 March 2014 Media Statement
$387 million to stay in Kiwis’ pockets

ACC Minister Judith Collins says substantial levy cuts for employers and workers take effect tomorrow as a result of the Scheme’s excellent performance over the last few years.

“Tomorrow marks the fortieth birthday of the Accident Compensation scheme and it’s great that New Zealanders will be celebrating by keeping more money in their pockets,” Ms Collins says.

“From 1 April the average New Zealand household can expect to keep just over $200 extra each year. Small businesses will be around $180 better off annually and larger employers will receive, on average, a $6,000 reduction.

“ACC has been working hard to rebuild New Zealanders’ trust and confidence in the Scheme which is almost fully funded. It’s fantastic that this year Kiwis will be $387 million better off as a result.”

Ms Collins says as well as ACC’s consistent investment and financial performance, the Corporation has made genuine improvements in the way it rehabilitates injured New Zealanders back to independence.

“ACC has announced an updated and expanded approach to its injury prevention work, is continuing to embed robust privacy practices and new technologies and processes to help it improve customer service,” Ms Collins says.

“I’ve also recently announced better access, choice and prices for hearing loss treatment and a new sexual violence prevention programme in schools promoting healthier relationships.

“It’s important the Scheme is not only financially sound, but is trusted to support Kiwis when they need it. I’m pleased to see New Zealanders remain at the heart of everything ACC does.”

ENDS

31_Mar_14_Levies_QA.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Boat Race Won:
PM Congratulates Team NZ

Prime Minister Bill English has congratulated Emirates Team New Zealand on the Kiwi leadership, teamwork, and technological brilliance that enabled it to regain the America’s Cup.

Team NZ won the first of two races scheduled in Bermuda this morning to defeat Oracle Team USA 7-1 in the first-to-seven series.

“I would like to congratulate chief executive Grant Dalton, helmsman Peter Burling, skipper Glen Ashby and the rest of the team, both on the boat and on shore,” Mr English says. More>>

 

PM's Press Conference: Red Socks And Secret Tapes

Prime Minister Bill English began his post-cabinet press conference by explaining how well the National Party's annual conference went. He also mentioned today's announcement of changes to the EQC disaster insurance legislation and wished Emirates Team New Zealand well in the America's Cup. More>>

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government More Open

International surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>

In Court: Hamilton Student's Lawsuit Over Climate Change Policy

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement. As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election