Working not enough to escape poverty
|25 Nov 2019 16:45 PM|
More than 50,000 households in New Zealand are supported by workers but still live in poverty.
Analysis of 2013 census data by AUT’s New Zealand Work Research Institute for the Human Rights Commission found single parents, children, Māori and Pacific peoples, ethnic minorities, households with low educational attainment, disabled people, and renters are those most likely to be working but unable to make ends meet.
The overall in-work poverty rate was 7 percent before housing costs, but rises to 12.3 percent for single-parent households and 19.9 percent for two or more family households where only one adult is working.
Without Working for Families tax credits and the Accommodation Supplement the in-work poverty rate rises by 31 percent or 2.2 percentage points to 9.2 percent.
Study director Professor Gail Pacheco says while at first glance work may be seen as the best antidote to poverty, the study reveals the complex and pervasive nature of in-work poverty for more than 50,000 working households.