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Supported Living Payment - December 2017 quarter

Supported Living Payment (SLP) is for people who have, or who care 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 December increased steadily between 2012 and 2014 before decreasing gradually from 2014 to 2017 (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 2012 to December 2017

Figure 1: Quarterly Supported Living Payment 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 Supported Living Payment at the end of December has remained stable from 2012 to 2017 (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Proportion of working-age population receiving Supported Living Payment, December 2012 to December 2017

Figure 2: Proportion of working-age population receiving Supported Living Payment, December 2012 to December 2017

Annual comparison

31-Dec-16

31-Dec-17

Annual change

Number of Supported Living Payment recipients

93,418 93,022 0.4 percent decrease

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

84,656 84,273 0.5 percent decrease

Number of Supported Living Payment - Caring recipients

8,762 8,749 0.2 percent decrease

Percentage of working-age population receiving Supported Living Payment

3.2% 3.2% 0.0 percentage point change

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

31.5% 32.1% 0.6 percentage point increase

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 June 2017 have been used for the December 2017 quarter).