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’.
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|
|$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|
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.