I just realised something after writing up the previous post.
The woman in this story on Close Up the other week gets $480 “from the government”.
This page gives the DPB at $288.47/week after tax at the “M” rate.
That gives a base income of $16,994.64 before tax. Using that we look up the WFF rates, and discover she is entitled to $394/week from that scheme. (She’d get an additional $105/wk if she were working 30 hours or more.)
So we add that all up, and we arrive at $682 per week.
Now, this does not include any accommodation supplement which I can’t even guess at because it depends on circumstances. I read that can be up to $125. I would be very surprised if she’s not getting it. From the sounds of it several kids might also be entitled to the Child Disability Allowance, which is $44.55 per disabled child.
It seems odd that such a low income is quoted. It seems like there’s about $200 missing, minimum. It could in fact be as high as $900 – after tax. (When I added the tax onto that, using the IRD tax calculator I arrived at an income of $58,593 PA – within sneezing range of what Labour told us was “Rich Prick territory”)
My best guess is that the phrase “From the government” was intended as a fudge to imply that $480 was her income not just what she gets from WINZ. Certainly the item mentions child support, so my guess is that this means her benefit is cut somewhat when she recieves that.
I’m very reluctant to be seen as beneficiary bashing. This woman clearly has many disadvantages in her current situation, and were I her neighbour I would offer my assistance to her whenever possible.