Lindsay Mitchell has been doing some research on where all the benefit babies are being born.
Unsurprisingly bludgers beget bludgers…and its growing.
Every year I track how many benefit babies there are relative to the total births. Being a ‘benefit baby’ means relying on a parent or caregiver’s benefit by the the end of their birth year. Most will become reliant nearer to their birth date rather than first birthday. Many will go on to experience long-term deprivation.
This year I asked for a breakdown by Work and Income Service Centre. That was provided. Then I asked the Ministry of Health for District Health Board birth data for 2015. They very quickly obliged without an OIA. Credit to them.
It was then straight forward to place each service centre in a DHB and calculate the percentage of babies in each district that would be benefit-dependent before their first birthday.