Government criticised for allocating funds to ACC to work on NZIIS before MBIE’s analysis of consultation on scheme released, and other news
Jenée Tibshraeny writes in NZ Herald of how the government has been critiqued for pushing through legislation to allow ACC to work towards operationalising the NZISS ahead of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) analysis of submissions made via the consultation process. MBIE has said a formal decision on whether the government will proceed with the scheme will be made in June or July.
MBIE's acting manager of income insurance policy, Francis van der Krogt, told NZ Herald around 2000 people or organisations either made full submissions or answered a shorter-form survey.
He said officials are analysing the feedback and preparing a summary for Ministers, which will be released "in due course".
Asked why the submissions weren't published before the legislation was passed and funding allocated via the Budget, van der Krogt noted the legislation is a "small and relatively technical piece of legislation" that enables ACC to do work it wouldn't otherwise be able to do under existing legislation.
"The work will help inform final decisions. Any substantive legislation to create a New Zealand Income Insurance scheme would go through a full Parliamentary process," van der Krogt said.
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