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Sole Parent Support - September 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 continued a gradual decrease evident over the last five years. As at 30 September 2018, there were 58,620 people in receipt of Sole Parent Support. This number is 1.5 percent lower or 882 fewer people receiving Sole Parent Support compared to the same period last year (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Quarterly Sole Parent Support numbers, September 2013 to September 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 continued its slow decline over the last five years, or from 2.9 percent in the September 2013 quarter to 1.9 percent in September 2018 quarter (Figure 2).

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

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Annual comparison

30-Sep-17

30-Sep-18

Annual change

Number of Sole Parent Support recipients

59,502 58,620 1.5 percent decrease

Percentage of working-age population receiving Sole Parent Support

2.0% 1.9% 0.1 percentage point decrease

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

21.5% 20.6% 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 September 2018 quarter.

Note 3: Percentages of the working-age population and percentages of the working-age benefit population are given as rounded figures, while the change between them is calculated from the exact values. The difference given may therefore not correspond exactly with the difference between the percentages shown.