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Sole Parent Support - December 2017 quarter

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

Five-year trend

The number of working-age people receiving Sole Parent Support decreased over the last five years, down by 25,261 between 31 December 2012 and 31 December 2017 (Figure 1).

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

Figure 1: Quarterly Sole Parent Support numbers, December 2012 to December 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 receiving Sole Parent Support has consistently dropped over the last five years (Figure 2).

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

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

Annual comparison

31-Dec-16

31-Dec-17

Annual change

Number of Sole Parent Support recipients

64,970 60,678 6.6 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

21.9% 20.9% 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 (eg estimates as at the end of June 2017 have been used for the December 2017 quarter).