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Supported Living Payment - September 2017 quarter

Supported Living Payment (SLP) is for people who have, or 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 September increased slightly between 2012 and 2015 before fluctuating over the last two years (Figure 1).

The long-term nature of conditions for those on Supported Living Payment mean that very few people move from Supported Living Payment into paid work or on to another benefit.

Figure 1: Quarterly Supported Living Payment numbers, September 2012 to September 2017

Quarterly Supported Living Payment numbers, September 2012 to September 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 September each year remained stable between 2012 and 2014 before decreasing slightly between 2015 and 2017 (Figure 2).

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

Proportion of working-age population receiving Supported Living Payment, September 2012 to September 2017

Annual comparison

30-Sep-16

30-Sep-17

Annual change

Number of Supported Living Payment recipients

93,257 92,847 0.4 percent decrease

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

84,591 84,201 0.5 percent decrease

Number of Supported Living Payment - Caring recipients

8,666 8,646 0.2 percent increase

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

32.9% 33.5% 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 September 2017 quarter).

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