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Politics

Friday, 15 December 2017 11:44

Guidelines say risk modelling from public data should be transparent and open to scrutiny. ACC needs independent oversight - Labour

The Labour Party says ACC needs independent oversight after it was revealed the insurer was using a secret risk model to profile and target clients. It also says the corporation should have consulted the Privacy Commissioner about the use of public data. However, the ACC minister says it is not a privacy issue and it would be "irresponsible" not to use past client experiences to inform its future decisions.
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:50

Overcharging of thousands of car owners continues - Moroney

Thousands of car owners whose vehicles are incorrectly classified under National's shambolic ACC motor vehicle risk rating system face further delays in getting their levies right, Labour ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. "The Government has admitted it wrongly classified 115,000 vehicles last year, but several other models have subsequently been identified as having nonsensical ratings. "The cars in question include models with different names but exactly the same specifications as vehicles with lower ratings, and the same model cars manufactured just weeks apart that have different ratings.
Sunday, 06 December 2015 13:44

Govt 'focused on access to justice for ACC clients'

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the release of a discussion paper on the proposed Accident Compensation Appeal Tribunal. "After listening to stakeholders’ concerns, the Government agreed in June 2015 to review the decision to establish a stand-alone tribunal. This was to take into account work ACC has been doing to resolve accident compensation disputes early on, to consider different options for dealing with accident compensation appeals, and to allow for targeted consultation with key stakeholders," says Ms Kaye.
Thursday, 24 September 2015 08:05

New ACC legislation 'means fairer, more stable levies'

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye says the passing today of the Accident Compensation (Financial Responsibility and Transparency) Amendment Bill will deliver greater transparency around levy-setting, and help ensure that levies are more stable over time and fairer, with businesses paying the true costs of injuries in their industries. "The Bill amends the Accident Compensation Act 2001 to introduce a more principled, transparent framework for funding decisions, and more stringent reporting requirements on ACC to ensure the public is better informed," says Ms Kaye. "The Government and ACC have worked hard to improve the scheme’s finances and outcomes for customers, after inheriting…
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 14:41

Early levy removal shows crisis manufactured - Moroney

The early removal of ACC residual levies confirms that National’s manufactured crisis in ACC when they took office was just an excuse to over-charge ACC levies for the past seven years, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. The residual levy is being removed at least two years early. This means the lifetime costs of injuries incurred prior to 1999 has been met by ACC earlier than projected. "This announcement underlines the sham that National’s manufactured crisis was - under their criteria, ACC had been insolvent since 1999 when the decision was made to go to a full-funding model.
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 07:31

ACC reaches milestone as residual levies removed

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye confirmed today that residual levies will be removed from ACC’s Work, Earners’ and Motor Vehicle Accounts next year. "Parliament will this week debate the final stages of an amendment to the Accident Compensation Act which will allow me to set the date from which residual levies will cease, by notice in the Gazette," says Ms Kaye. "This is a significant milestone for the ACC scheme, which means we will now have fairer work levies based on industries with the greatest injury costs paying their true share of those costs.
Saturday, 25 July 2015 06:08

ACC Ombudsman urgently needed

New Zealand First is calling for the establishment of an Accident Compensation Ombudsman to stop New Zealanders being unfairly disadvantaged when challenging ACC decisions. "A report released by Acclaim Otago highlighted serious barriers to New Zealanders when challenging ACC decisions and this urgently needs to change," says Barbara Stewart, New Zealand First ACC Spokesperson. "My office is always inundated with complaints from Kiwis frustrated at the lack of transparency from ACC and its review process. There is an overwhelming feeling that they have been let down by a biased system designed only to benefit the government’s bottom line.
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