Struggling workers and businesses could have benefited from
almost half a billion dollars in ACC levy cuts this year if
the Government hadn't disregarded Ministry of Business
Innovation and Employment advice, it has emerged.
Justice Minister Judith Collins has backtracked on a law
change that would have ensured compensation for ill-treatment
of prisoners by the state was used to benefit victims rather
than being given to the inmates.
The number of sole parents on the domestic purposes benefit
dropped by 5000 last year - a drop Social Development
Minister Paula Bennett is attributing partly to her new
policy requiring sole parents to get jobs when their youngest
child turns five.