Welfare Amendment Bill Debated

by Desk Editor on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 — 4:19 PM

Just after 4pm the Government interrupted the debate in reply to the Prime Minister’s statement and began the second reading of the Social Security Amendment Bill (No 3).

The Social Security Amendment Bill (No 3) was introduced in November 2010 with the intention of clarifying a number of legal issues in regards to welfare payments.

Amongst these is the payment of workers getting compensation from an ACC accredited employer. The bill ensures any income tested benefit being received would be deducted from payments whether they are made by ACC or an accredited employer.

The bill also prevents students applying for the accommodation supplement instead of the student allowance.

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