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Main benefits

Payment rates

How benefit payment rates are set

The standard weekly rates of the main benefits are increased yearly on 1 April. This increase reflects changes in the Consumers Price Index (CPI) in the previous year.

Payment rates since April 2012Top

Table MP.1 shows the rates for the main benefits current from 1 April 2012. In this table:

Actual rates paid may be reduced from the maximum if the client receives income from other sources.

table MP.1: Weekly payment rates for main benefits (payable from 1 April 2012)

Main benefit Status1 Weekly payment rate2,3
Number of children
None One or more
Unemployment Benefits Married, each $170.80 $170.80
Single 25 $204.96  
Single 18–24 $170.80  
Single 18–19 (living at home) $136.64  
Sole parent   $293.58
Independent Youth Benefit   $170.80  
Sickness Benefits Married, each $170.80 $170.80
Single 25 $204.96  
Single 18–24 $170.80  
Single 18–19 (living at home) $136.64  
Sole parent   $293.58
Invalid’s Benefit Married, each $213.49 $213.49
Single 18 $256.19  
Single 16–17 $207.32  
Sole parent   $336.55
Domestic Purposes Benefits Sole Parent   $293.58
Women Alone $213.49  
Domestic Purposes Benefit –
Care of Sick or Infirm4
Single 18 $256.19  
Single 16–17 $207.32  
Sole parent   $336.55
Married, each $213.49 $213.49
Emergency Maintenance Allowance Age 16–17 (living at home) $136.64 $136.64
Age 16–17 (away from home)   $293.58
18 or over   $293.58
Widow’s Benefit   $213.49 $293.58

Notes

  1. ‘Married’ includes people who are married, living as married or in a civil union.
  2. The rates shown are the net amounts set by regulations and apply from 1 April 2012. Tax at the ‘M’ rate is calculated retrospectively and paid to Inland Revenue.
  3. The rates shown exclude Working for Families Tax Credits. Benefit recipients with dependent children qualify for these tax credits, which are funded by Inland Revenue. See table SP.1 in ‘Supplementary benefits’ for the rates of these tax credits. From 1 April 2005, the child component of main benefits (ie the additional payment for children) was removed from main benefits and included in Working for Families Tax Credits. This change was part of the Working for Families package.
  4. Only the caregiver receives payment.