Just been listening to Tau Henare and Wendyl Nissen debating child poverty on Newstalk ZB.
Wendyl was asking Tau how he would cope on family income of $20,000 a year with five kids. I won’t repeat Tau’s answer (mentioned alcohol, cigarettes, Mcdonalds and vegetables) as that is not my point, but I doubted any family with five children could have only $20,000 income.
So I checked it out.
If one takes the worst case with both parents unemployed, and all children are below 13, then the net weekly income is:
$286 Couples UEB
$175 Family Support
This is total net annual income of $24,000 a year which is gross income of $30,200 a year.
On top of that they will either have income related rent of no more than around $100 a week or get accomodation supplement of 70% off all rent over $96 a week. This could be equal to another $5,000 gross a year easily.
If all the children were older the gross income from benefits alone would be around $38,600 a year.
Not luxury but not poverty and somewhere between 50% and 100% greater than the scenario Wendyl promoted as typical.