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Sole Parent Support - December 2018 quarter

Sole Parent Support (SPS) is for single parents whose youngest dependent child is under 14 years old and who can look for or prepare for part-time work.

Five-year trend

The number of working-age people receiving Sole Parent Support (SPS) has been on a decreasing trend over the last five December quarters. As at the end of December 2018, there were 59,870 people in receipt of SPS, 17,973 fewer people, or 23.1 percent lower when compared to 77,843 people at the end of December 2013 quarter (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Quarterly Sole Parent Support numbers, December 2013 to December 2018

Quarterly sole parent support

Note 1: Working-age people are aged 18 to 64 years. This definition reflects the minimum age of eligibility for most main benefits and the age of qualification for New Zealand Superannuation.

The proportion of the working-age population receiving Sole Parent Support also follows a declining trend, from 2.9 percent in December 2013 down to 2.0 percent by the end of December 2018 (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Proportion of working-age population receiving Sole Parent Support, December 2013 to December 2018

Proportion of-working age sole parent support

Annual comparison

There were 808 fewer people in receipt of Sole Parent Support at the end of December 2018 compared to the end of December 2017.

December 2017

December 2018

Annual change

Number of Sole Parent Support recipients

60,678 59,870 1.3 percent decrease

Percentage of working-age population receiving Sole Parent Support

2.1% 2.0% 0.1 percentage point decrease

Percentage of working-age main benefit population receiving Sole Parent Support

20.9% 20.0% 0.9 percentage point decrease

Note 1: Working-age people are aged 18 to 64 years. This definition reflects the minimum age of eligibility for most main benefits and the age of qualification for New Zealand Superannuation.

Note 2: Percentage of working-age population is based on Statistics NZ National Population Estimate year ended June for relevant years. Estimates as at the end of June are updated in August, so estimates for the end of June 2018 have been used for the December 2018 quarter.