In February this year the Green Party heard a rumour that the review of ACC was being conducted solely by Treasury and Business New Zealand, so on 5 March we decided to put this to Nick Smith in the House.
The fightback against the Government’s proposed ACC cuts is building. Green Party ACC spokesperson Kevin Hague has developed a submission guide to assist people who want to make submissions against the cuts. There’s also a big protest planned at Parliament next week. And someone has sent me a really cool video exposing some of the Government’s lies about the motorcycle levy.
It is not just the caregivers who will suffer from this policy. Injured people who live in isolated areas are likely to find it increasingly difficult to find any caregiver prepared to travel to their home to provide the home help or attendant care they need. But do ACC care? Seems not.
Introduce a $50 or $100 excess on every ACC claim? Try selling that one to someone on the minimum wage! Go to your local A&E clinic to get your cut finger stitched and a quarter of your take home income disappears – even if the accident happened at work and was because the employer’s equipment was faulty.