13 Oct 2009

End of ACC support tipped for injured criminals

4:12 pm on 13 October 2009

People injured while committing a crime should no longer expect long term support from the Accident Compensation Corporation under proposed changes.

ACC chairman John Judge will present proposals for levy increases and entitlement cutbacks on Wednesday, while new legislation is introduced to Parliament.

Areas under scrutiny include continued support for 'sensitive claims', earnings assessments for seasonal and casual workers, and claims for workplace mental injury.

One aspect of eligibility that will change is the long term financial support of someone injured while committing a crime.

At present someone convicted of murder or in jail cannot claim ACC.

Radio New Zealand political staff say it is understood the law will be tightened to cover other criminals.