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Thursday August 16, 2018
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:33

Before his accident John McGough was working as a manager and chef in a cafe. Disabled Wellington man spirals into poverty, depression after ACC axes support

A disabled Wellington man injured in a diving accident had his ACC support cut off seven years ago. For many disabled Kiwis ACC is not available because there was no accident. In part two of a three-part series Cate Broughton examines how we treat those with disabilities – with and without ACC.  

John McGough can remember a lot about the day he broke his neck.

It was a beautiful summer's day and he had been enjoying the view from his flat across the road from the beach at Petone.

Monday, 09 July 2018 16:09

ACC review concerns ‘not rocket science’ ACC review concerns ‘not rocket science’

Concerns about the independence of the ACC review process "are not rocket science", an injured persons’ advocacy group says.

Private company FairWay Resolution Services is contracted by the Accident Compensation Corporation to conduct the roughly 6000 reviews of ACC funding decisions conducted annually.

Lawyers who handle ACC cases have expressed concern that the contractual relationship between FairWay and the ACC — and the fact the ACC provides feedback to FairWay about review decisions — brought the independence of the review process into question.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:10

ACC explains Remote Claims Unit operation ACC explains Remote Claims Unit operation

ACC has provided information on its special Remote Claims Unit, a specialist team which manages clients who have been identified as posing an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of ACC staff.

The team was set up after an ACC case manager was murdered by a client in West Auckland in June 1999 following an issue with a payment.

"All Remote Claims Unit staff use a single pseudonym for their own protection, and we make no apologies for that. This does not change the standard of service, or level of entitlements, that these clients receive," ACC says.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 09:36

The vagaries of taxing redundancy payments was an issue that vexed former revenue minister Peter Dunne. Taxing some lump-sum payments in one hit may be unfair, Inland Revenue suggests

People who receive some types of lump-sum payment, such as ACC compensation, may have to pay less tax under a proposal being considered by Inland Revenue.

But Inland Revenue said more favourable tax treatment would not extend to redundancy payments. 

At the moment, lump-sum payments are treated as income in the year in which they are received, and taxed in one hit.

Saturday, 09 June 2018 06:54

Roger McKernan with his daughter. McKernan, living in Christchurch, is in a battle with ACC Burns victim Roger McKernan in battle with ACC

Burns victim Roger McKernan says he is being screwed over by ACC because he suffered his injuries when he was a child.

He now wants a law change so others do not go through the same stress.

ACC has agreed to review his case.

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 19:05

Your guide to ACC levy invoices Your guide to ACC levy invoices

There are more than 500,000 businesses in New Zealand. Each of these businesses while different in size and sector all have one thing in common, people.

Everyone who works or owns a business in New Zealand pays levies. Your levy goes towards insuring and protecting your most important assets – you and your people.

If there’s an injury at work, your levies enable the treatment and support needed to get everyone back to work as soon as possible. It also goes towards programmes to help prevent these injuries in the first place, helping to make all workplaces healthier and safer.

Sunday, 27 May 2018 07:23

Hugh Rennie, QC, was hired by ACC to oversee the secret review of its CEO and culture. ACC calls in top Queen's Counsel to review allegations

ACC is undertaking a secretive review into the conduct of its chief executive and the organisation's culture.

The Government department hired top Queen's Counsel, Hugh Rennie, to tackle this review.

It was sparked after lengthy allegations were sent to ACC Minister Iain Lees-Galloway in November, via anonymous email. Further allegations were sent in February, and after seeking advice, Lees-Galloway requested ACC look into the claims in March.

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