“…A wife who looks after her brain-damaged husband has had her pay cut by ACC to less than the minimum wage.
Linda Barlow, whose 69-year-old husband Bill suffered a brain injury as a jockey when he was 32, has been told she will get only $9.37 an hour to provide “oversight supervision” of her husband for 34.5 hours a week from July 30.
ACC will keep paying her $14.95 an hour to give Bill “attendant care” for 10.5 hours a week – down from the 42 hours it pays for now.
That will cut her total pay by about $148 a week, from $628 to $480.
Veteran Wellington lawyer John Miller is challenging the cut and said it was “part of a widespread attack by ACC to reduce the amount they pay families for providing attendant care to the seriously injured”…”
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