13 Feb 2010

Minor changes only for ACC reform bill

6:10 pm on 13 February 2010

[b Government legislation that will cut back on a range of accident compensation entitlements has emerged largely unchanged following public submissions.

Parliament's Transport and Industrial Relations select committee on Friday released its report on the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Bill.

The bill winds back a number of ACC entitlements introduced by the previous Labour-led Government, including changes to payments for seasonal and temporary workers.

It also pushes back the date for the corporation to fully fund the lifetime cost of all claims by five years to 2019.

ACC Minister Nick Smith says the changes are needed to contain costs, which have risen by 57% in the past four years, and to reduce levy increases.

However, the Labour Party says the case for entitlement cuts has not been made and the bill will simply force more costs on individuals.