13,000 incorrectly paid by Novopay

KATE CHAPMAN
Last updated 06:43 08/01/2013

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More than 13,000 people have been overpaid or underpaid since the embattled Novopay system was introduced, new figures show.

Associate Education Minister Craig Foss was forced to reveal details about the Ministry of Education's use of Novopay after a ruling by Speaker Lockwood Smith.

The figures, supplied to Labour MP Chris Hipkins, show 581 people were paid on behalf of schools they did not work for, 7899 people were underpaid or not paid at all, and 6000 were overpaid.

Schools had to advance $560,000 to cover mistakes.

Mr Hipkins said the figures probably understated the problem as many schools were too busy teaching to lodge complaints with the ministry.

"Perhaps when he returns from his holiday in Hawaii [Prime Minister] John Key might like to make it clear to [Education Minister] Hekia Parata and Craig Foss that if they can't get on top of their portfolios they should hand them over to someone who can," he said.

The "botched system" was expected to cost $189.5 million over 10 years. "For that kind of coin Kiwis expect excellence."

The new figures showed only 281 manual payments had been processed to correct errors.

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- The Dominion Post

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