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Supported Living Payment - March 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 March remained stable, ranging from a low of 91,367 (as at 31 March 2013) to a high of 93,580 (as at 31 March 2015). 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.

As at 31 March 2018, there were 92,473 people in receipt of Supported Living Payment. This was 634 people fewer than as at 31 March 2017 (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Quarterly Supported Living Payment numbers, March 2013 to March 2018

Figure 1: Quarterly Supported Living Payment 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 Supported Living Payment at the end of the March quarter has slowly trended down between 2015 and 2018 (Figure 2).

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

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

Annual comparison

31-Mar-17

31-Mar-18

Annual change

Number of Supported Living Payment recipients

93,107 92,473 0.7 percent decrease

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

84,417 83,896 0.6 percent decrease

Number of Supported Living Payment - Caring recipients

8,690 8,577 1.3 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

33.5% 33.8% 0.4 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 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.