Saturday, September 17, 2016

Tax and transfer

From the latest Household Incomes Report overview a couple of interesting points.

Pertaining to the lower graph, "The transfers received by the top decile are almost entirely from NZS. The rest is from low-income ‘independent’ adults living in high-income households while (legitimately) receiving a core income-tested benefit such as Sole Parent Support."

Which raises a question for me. Why is it that student eligibility for an allowance is tested against parental income but eligibility for sole parent support is not?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great George Osbourne quote: “I don’t understand why you keep going on about the need for more social housing: it just creates Labour voters.”

Given those stats on transfers, it's pretty clear what NZ needs to do --- but it was clear anyway.