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Main benefits

Benefit recipients declaring other income

Introduction

This section outlines the number of main benefit recipients who declared other income. Information about how Work and Income manages clients receiving other income is outlined in ‘Impact of other income received’.

Numbers of main benefit recipients who declare other incomeTop

The number of main benefit recipients declaring other income decreased slightly between 2010 and 2012

This pattern (see table OB.1) reflected in large part the change over the same period in the number receiving a main benefit.

Around one in six main benefit recipients were receiving other income

Between 2009 and 2012, around 17% of working-age recipients of a main benefit were declaring other income (see table OB.1). Between 46% and 59% of these clients declared $80 a week or over before tax.

table OB.1: Levels of other income declared by recipients of a main benefit

Level of other income declared1 2008 2009 2010 2011   2012  
Working-age recipients of a main benefit2
Total not declaring income 208,380 257,334 278,079 273,617 266,202
Income declared3          
$1.00–$79.99 17,401 18,449 19,329 18,678 17,825
$80.00–$119.99 9,894 10,086 10,093 9,674 9,677
$120.00–$179.99 8,108 8,697 8,804 8,461 8,330
$180.00–$199.99 2,580 2,624 2,618 2,784 2,450
$200.00 or over 11,954 13,106 14,001 14,603 15,557
Total declaring income3 49,937 52,962 54,845 54,200 53,839
Total working-age recipients of a main benefit 258,317 310,296 332,924 327,817 320,041
  Other recipients of a main benefit2
Other clients declaring income3 1,555 1,686 1,727 1,652 1,692
Other clients not declaring income 9,100 9,712 9,681 9,075 8,781
Total other recipients of a main benefit 10,655 11,398 11,408 10,727 10,473
  All recipients of a main benefit2
Total clients declaring income3 51,492 54,648 56,572 55,852 55,531
Total clients not declaring income 217,480 267,046 287,760 282,692 274,983
Total clients receiving a main benefit 268,972 321,694 344,332 338,544 330,514

Notes

  1. Income per week before tax based on last declaration effective in the year ended June. The income declarations referred to here may include income received during part or all of the year ended June, and may also include income received during parts of earlier or later years.
  2. The number of clients recorded in SWIFTT as receiving a main benefit at the end of June.
  3. The number of main benefit recipients with one or more income declarations effective at the end of June.

Two in five main benefit recipients declaring other income were receiving a Domestic Purposes Benefit

In 2011 and 2012, 40% of the working-age recipients of main benefits who declared other income were receiving a Domestic Purposes Benefit. Another 28% were receiving an Invalid’s Benefit, while around 13% each were receiving an Unemployment Benefit or a Sickness Benefit.