It shows that a sole parent with two children receiving a benefit would only need to work 6 hours to get over the 50% of the median household income threshold. Is that right?
The median household income in NZ was $1,358 in June 2013. So the 50% threshold is $679.
The average Sole Parent Support payment is just over $600. 6 hours at minimum wage is $71 net.
The calculation looks robust to me.
6 hours of work does not affect the benefit:
You can get up to $5,200 a year (before tax) in additional money (for example from working) before your benefit payment is affected, and $20 more a week if you have childcare costs.In New Zealand the higher threshold of 60 percent is used to define 'poverty'. That's $814.
According to Paula Bennett if the parent worked 15 hours that would result in $750. At 20 hours they leap to $814 - bang on 60 percent of the median household income
So internationally New Zealand stacks up very well in its assistance level for sole parents - without the impending benefit increase.