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Full Coverage: ACC Levy Rises, Cover Cuts

ACC: Levies To Increase

“It is clear that these increases will be unpalatable, especially in the current economic climate. But if New Zealand is to retain the ACC Scheme then I believe they are necessary.” More>>


Submissions: Finance Unions Says ACC Changes Dangerous For Workers

“The changes present a real threat to the coverage of workers with gradual process injuries or OOS,” said Finsec General Secretary Andrew Casidy. “These injuries are common in the banks and raising the bar for their rehabilitation could be devastating for those affected.” More>>


Brmmm: Thousands Of Motorcyclists Convene At Parliament

An estimated crowd of 10,000 motorcyclists gathered on Parliament grounds today to protest the ACC's proposal to raise of levies on their vehicles. ACC has stated that the rises in fees are a response to "rising claim numbers and healthcare costs" incurred by New Zealand motorcycle owners. More>>


ACC: Travel Allowance Cut "Punishing Low Paid Support Workers"

The Public Service Association and Healthcare of New Zealand say home support workers supporting ACC clients in rural areas will be hardest hit by the ACC cutting funding for their travel allowance.

The Public Service Association is the union representing home support workers and Healthcare of New Zealand employs thousands of these frontline health workers. More>>


Public Funds: Blowout Control Does Not Extend To Ad Budget

Taxpayer money is being scandalously wasted on newspaper ads that don't tell the real story about the reasons behind huge ACC fee rises, Labour’s ACC spokesperson David Parker says. More>>


ACC Sensitive Claims: Minister Promises To Hold Review

ACC Minister Nick Smith today announced that he has requested that ACC commission an independent clinical review in six months’ time of its new approach to managing sensitive claims. More>>


ACT Support: Competition For ACC Work Account

The government today tabled the ACC Reform Bill in Parliament and will introduce it for its first reading next week, ACC Minister Nick Smith says. More>>


Deals: Maori Party Supports ACC Bill To First Reading

The Maori Party caucus has decided to support the introduction of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Bill, to be referred to a Select Committee. More>>


Gordon Campbell: Managing The Press Gallery (And Afghanistan)

As a free fire exercise in which anything at all can be raised, the Prime Minister’s post Cabinet press conference should be a rewarding experience... Yesterday though was a prime example of the lean pickings in actual content. More>>


Scoop Images & Report: Protesters March Against ACC Cuts

Wellington citizens from all walks of life convened at the Cenotaph this afternoon to protest the ACC's recently proposed cuts to its counselling programs for sexual abuse victims. More>>



ACC: Government Yet To Get Numbers

The Government’s failure to secure political support for legislation which will cut ACC entitlements and burden Kiwi families is further evidence of Nick Smith’s shambolic handling of the ACC portfolio, says ACC spokesperson David Parker. More>>


Gordon Campbell: Ideology Drives ACC Changes

Amongst all the various changes that will be made to ACC entitlements, Green Party MP Sue Bradford is right to highlight the change to entitlements or seasonal or casual workers – who will now receive support based on their annual earnings, and not on their income during the immediate period before they were injured. More>>


Cover: "Law Changes Needed To Make ACC Affordable"

Changes in ACC are needed to make the scheme affordable, sustainable and fair, ACC Minister Nick Smith says.

“The levy increases proposed by ACC’s Board under the current law are too much for New Zealanders to pay, Dr Smith said. “That is why the Government will be introducing law changes that more than halve the increases while securing ACC’s long-term future.” More>>


Scoop Audio: PM's Presser - Cuts To ACC
Audio on Demand of NZ Prime Minister John Key's weekly press conference. Proposed legislative changes detailing 20 areas where ACC may be cut will be announced this Wednesday by ACC Minister Nick Smith. Today the PM singled out physiotherapy co-payments as one area that would be changed. More>>


ACC: Govt To Make "Significant Changes"
ACC has become financially unsustainable and reform is required to ensure its future for New Zealanders, ACC Minister Nick Smith says. ACC’s 2008/09 Annual Report was today tabled in Parliament showing a loss of $4.8 billion. More>>



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