Liberty asked yesterday;
What percentage of teen mothers go on to have 2 or 3 children while staying on the DPB?
It is impossible to answer the question based on the information MSD can provide due to a lack of historical data.
The above tables would indicate that 35,485 mothers (or female caregivers) aged 32 or less who started on welfare as a teenager had 58,004 children.
Some may have added 1; others more, so it is impossible to tell from the above data a specific percentage. But it is clear that Maori and Pacific mothers are considerably more likely to have additional children on a benefit.
There are also a number of other unknowns about the data for instance the dependence on a benefit may not have been continuous. And a very small number might be dependent on a benefit other than the DPB.
Open mike 24/05/2013
16 minutes ago