Sunday, June 23, 2013

Who are the 'persistently deprived'?

Here's an interesting graph from a Treasury briefing paper to the Ministerial Committee on Poverty.

Many people spend some time with low income and/or in hardship (the overlap is only around 50%). The Committee wanted to know about those people who spend a long time experiencing persistent deprivation (can't afford food, clothing, power, medical services etc).

So  Treasury commissioned a paper which, amongst other offerings, analyses the portion of the population that is persistently deprived by age, ethnicity, educational qualification and, finally, family type. The mark above each column represents the group's percentage in the total population. So, if you look at ethnicity, of the total population Maori make up 13-14 percent, but of the deprived population they make up 30 percent. Looking at family type, of the total population sole parents make up 11-12 percent but of the deprived population they make up around 41 percent.

Unsurprisingly the Briefing ends with this comment:

"Solo parents are perhaps the group to be most concerned about."


(Further analysis showed that there was only a "modest" link between low income and deprivation finding "only a third of those who had seven years of low income had been in deprivation at any point".)


Anonymous said...

OF course, if we simply ended the DPB, all these "single parent familes" would vanish overnight.

Anonymous said...

What proportion of sole parent families are Maori?

My guess is that a lot of the 41% of Maori households are sole parent ones

S.Beast said...

*Ahem* lets not forget the statistical treatment that Lindsay pointed out earlier which shifts people who may not necessarily deem themselves entirely Maori into that catagory.