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Sole Parent Support - June 2017 quarter

Sole Parent Support (SPS) is for sole parents with dependent children under 14 years who can look for or prepare for part-time work.

Five-year trend

The number of working-age people receiving Sole Parent Support at the end of June decreased over the last five years (Figure 1). This pattern reflects changes in economic conditions and the decrease in the number of sole parents.

Figure 1: Quarterly Sole Parent Support numbers, June 2012 to June 2017

Quarterly Sole Parent Support numbers, June 2012 to June 2017

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 who were receiving Sole Parent Support at the end of June decreased from 2012 (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Proportion of working-age population receiving Sole Parent Support, June 2012 to June 2017

Proportion of working-age population receiving Sole Parent Support, June 2012 to June 2017

Annual comparison

30 Jun 2016

30 Jun 2017

Annual change

Number of Sole Parent Support recipients

65,422 60,631 7.3 percent decrease

Percentage of working-age population receiving Sole Parent Support

2.3% 2.1% 0.2 percentage point decrease

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

23.4% 21.9% 1.5 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 (eg June 2016 for June 2017 quarter).

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