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Supported Living Payment - September 2018 quarter

Supported Living Payment (SLP) is for people who have, or who are caring for someone with a health condition, injury or disability that severely limits their ability to work on a long-term basis.

Five-year trend

The number of working-age people receiving Supported Living Payment at the end of the September 2018 quarter remained stable. As at September 2018, the number of recipients was down by 434 people or 0.5 percent compared to the same time last year (Figure 1).

The long-term nature of conditions of people on Supported Living Payment means that very few people move from Supported Living Payment into paid work or on to another benefit.

Figure 1: Quarterly Supported Living Payment numbers, September 2013 to September 2018

Quarterly supported living payment

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 Supported Living Payment at the end of the September quarter has slowly trended down from the September 2014 quarter to September 2018 (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Proportion of working-age population receiving Supported Living Payment, September 2013 to September 2018

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Annual comparison

30-Sep-17

30-Sep-18

Annual change

Number of Supported Living Payment recipients

92,847 92,413 0.5 percent decrease

Number of Supported Living Payment - Health Condition or Disability (HCD) recipients

84,201 83,828 0.4 percent decrease

Number of Supported Living Payment - Caring recipients

8,646 8,585 0.7 percent decrease

Percentage of working-age population receiving Supported Living Payment

3.1% 3.1% 0.0 percentage points

Percentage of working-age main benefit population receiving Supported Living Payment

33.5% 32.5% 1.0 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.