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Supported Living Payment - December 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 December 2018 quarter remained stable. There were 92,687 working-age people in receipt of a Supported Living Payment as at the end of December 2018. This is 26 fewer people than the December 2013 level (92,661) (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, December 2013 to December 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 December quarter has slowly trended down from the December 2013 quarter to December 2018 (Figure 2).

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

Proportion of-working age supported living payment

Annual comparison

As at the end of December 2018, the number of recipients were down by 335 people, or 0.4 percent lower compared to the same time last year.

December 2017

December 2018

Annual change

Number of Supported Living Payment recipients

93,022 92,687 0.4 percent decrease

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

84,273 84,059 0.3 percent decrease

Number of Supported Living Payment - Caring recipients

8,749 8,628 1.4 percent decrease

Percentage of working-age population receiving Supported Living Payment

3.2% 3.1% 0.1 percentage point decrease

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

32.1% 31.0% 1.1 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.

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.