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Sole Parent Support - March 2018 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. There were 58,830 Sole Parent Support recipients as at 31 March 2018, down from 84,462 as at 31 March 2013 (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Quarterly Sole Parent Support numbers, March 2013 to March 2018

Figure 1: Quarterly Sole Parent Support numbers, March 2013 to March 2018

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 dropped consistently over the last five years (Figure 2).

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

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

Annual comparison

31-Mar-17

31-Mar-18

Annual change

Number of Sole Parent Support recipients

62,212 58,830 5.4 percent decrease

Percentage of working-age population receiving Sole Parent Support

2.2% 2.0% 0.2 percentage point decrease

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

22.4% 21.5% 0.8 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 March 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.