23% Babies Born 2010 On Benefit By Year End
Tuesday, October11, 2011
Data released to welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell show that 23 percent of the babies born in 2010 were reliant on a
benefit by the end of that year.
"Statistics released under the Official Information Act show that at December 31, 2010, 14,537 Work and Income clients
receiving a main benefit had babies in their care that were born during 2010. That represents 23 percent of all babies
born in 2010. Almost one in four."
"The implications for this high percentage lie in the likelihood of these children remaining on a benefit for many
years. Ministry of Social Development research found, /'The older the child when they first have contact with the
benefit system, the greater their likelihood of leaving benefit. Compared to those in contact at birth, those who first
have contact between birth and six months have a 15% increase in the probability of leaving benefit. Between six months
and one year there is a 33% increase, between one and two years there is a 41% increase, and first contact between two
and three years is associated with a 56% increase in the probability of leaving benefit.'/ "
"These are the circumstances which are overwhelmingly contributing to New Zealand's child poverty problem."