Ministry pays out millions to clear abuse claims backlog
Over $6 million has been paid out to people who say they suffered abuse in state care in a bid to clear the historic claims backlog.
So far, 401 offers of a fast-tracked settlement have been made, and 328 of the offers have been accepted, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said.
The ministry has made 307 payments totalling $5,779,000.
The offers are part of a ministry push to conclude all historic claims by the end of 2020 - but claimants can still opt to go through the normal claims process.
"These claimants have suffered significant trauma and it's important we give them the opportunity to reach some kind of closure sooner, if that is their wish," Ms Tolley said.
The first tranche of claimants approached the ministry directly, and the ministry is now working on a second tranche of offers to claimants who are legally represented.