Clients with psychiatric conditions (including JS-HCD clients) now represent 17% of the benefit system client base.The figure has been constantly growing and represents around 50,000 individuals.
74% of under 25 year old clients (88% for youth benefit clients) were supported by parents (or a parent) on benefits while they were a child.The clearest evidence yet of the inter-generational transmission of benefit dependence.
126,126 main benefit clients (or 40%) live in a household with two or more people receiving a main benefit.The is brand new data. This number is 43 percent of all beneficiaries. It would be fascinating to know how many households contain them. But certainly some 'overcrowding' is quite possibly a choice as multiple benefits going into one home can result in not insignificant net household incomes.
The more people in a household receiving a main benefit, the higher the per person average liability. This is the case across all benefit categories, suggesting that clients living in households with more than one person receiving a main benefit may experience different barriers to employment. Those living in multi-beneficiary households are also likely to be younger on average and more likely to be Māori.
Again, no surprises here.
Nearly one-third of clients receiving a main benefit have some form of Corrections history.Conversely, approximately one-quarter of people with a Corrections historyProbably lots of overlap with those with psychiatric conditions mentioned earlier.
are receiving a main benefit.
Average liability is consistently higher for people with a Corrections history across all benefit categories (with the exception of youth benefits), genders and ethnicities.Liability in the benefit system is still cheaper than a liability in the prison system. Had to find something positive to say.
(Will report further if warranted. Up to P12 currently.)