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WINZ to start reimbursing clients

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/11/2016

Work and Income is about to start reimbursing 49,000 current and former clients who were underpaid on their accommodation supplements because of a coding error.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says reimbursements will start this week for 22,000 current clients, who will receive a total $14 million.

It's estimated that 27,000 former clients were underpaid a total of $15m and from next week they will be able to go online to assess their eligibility.

The incorrect payments date back to 1993.

The error also meant 65,000 current and former clients were overpaid a total $53m.

They won't have to return any money.

"While we can't go back and change an error from 23 years ago, the government is doing the right thing by everyone affected," Mrs Tolley said.

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