Thursday, April 11, 2019

TO UPDATE

I little while ago I posted advice that I was taking a complaint to Parliament's Regulations Review Committee that the indexation formula used to adjust service entitlements was ultra vires.   Some readers responded by saying it wasn't; others suggested I was 'Whistling Dixie'.

I can now advise that I have received a letter from the Chair of the Committee, the Hon Gerry Brownlie, that members have agreed unanimously that the complaint has merit and it should now proceed to a formal hearing in Wellington at a date tbc.   In the meantime the Committee has asked the NZDF for their comment ... that should be interesting.

Very much first base only but I am encouraged by that initial response.

13 comments:

Max Ritchie said...

Thanks for doing this, Veteran. I did not see your earlier post on this, can you provide a link/repeat please? I have long felt that prices were increasing at a higher rate than my pension but I suspect that that is a common beneficiary perspective! (Notwithstanding, in my case it's real - hat tip Mandy Rice Davies).

The Veteran said...

Hi Max ... e-mail me at shepleycroft@xtra.co.nz and I will send you a copy of the complaint. The Profumo Affair would have broken about the time you were at Sandhurst ... don't tell me you knew Mandy R-D (but only in a biblical sense of course).

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

He didn't....but he would say that wouldn't he

David said...

Vet, if Max "knew M R-D “in The Biblical sense” he could have ended up catching something rather nasty.

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

Veteran....Well done, I have given up on pensions since my last submission. Why is it I'm allowed to wear medals outside of NZ but unable to collect a war pension?

It would be in the Governments interest to keep veterans overseas where they are not a burden on the health system.

On a lighter note British MEPs will be elected to the European parliament as I predicted. As you walk into the canyon the walls become narrower until there is only one unavoidable exit.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

David, you took the words right out of my mouth.

The Veteran said...

David/Adolf whoops and thank you ... to Max my apologies ... what I meant to say was that I trust you only knew her 'socially' but I guess even that's a bad word. Mia culpa.

James said...

This might be a stupid question, so my apologies in advance. But what is the difference between the war pension and the 'normal' NZ Superannuation? From the WINZ site I see that the amounts paid are exactly the same - are there any benefits of being on the war pension as opposed to the normal one?

(Asking as someone who will be entitled to the war pension when I turn 65, which is a wee way off for now!)

The Veteran said...

James ... I think you are talking about the Veterans Pension vs NZ Superannuation. As I understand it the Veterans Pension attracts a range of additional benefits not available to NZ Superannuates.

They include automatic entitlement to a Community Services Card (means-tested for non veterans); the fact that your pension is not abated should you end up in hospital for an extended period; your estate is entitled to a lump-sum payment on your death (currently $6065.80) while you are entitled to a lump-sum payment (currently $4,625.41) on the death of your spouse/partner. The lump-sum payment paid on the death of someone receiving the Veterans Pension is additional to any funeral grant your estate might be entitled to receive from VANZ as someone in receipt of a Disablement Pension under (for you) Scheme One.

You can contact MSD's Pension Centre on 0800 650 656 to confirm this advice.

Noel said...

I've got to laugh over that one over the years.
Spent 15 years arguing with deaf ears for the adoptions of the RMA SOP's.
For my cancer that would have also made me eligible for the Veterans Pensions as I would have reached the magical 70 percent WDP threshold for eligibility.
When my condition was finally accepted it had to be measured against the new AMA index so I never reached the 70 percent.
In the end it didn't matter as all Veterans regardless if they had a WDP or not were eventually eligible.

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... I'm confused by your post. If you are entitled to a War Disablement Pension it is paid wherever you reside (tax free) ... end of story. Someone is giving you the bums rush.

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

Veteran...your post to James covers it. Not available if you reside overseas.

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... ok, understand, Thought you were talking about the War Disablement Pension.