Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016
Child or spousal support payments
Child or spousal support payments paid in a reference period under an agreement to pay a fixed amount on a regular basis to a former spouse or partner, or for a child.
For the 2016 Census, the reference period is the calendar year 2015 for this variable.
2016 (25% sample), 2011Note 1 (30% sample).
Population aged 15 years and over in private households
Direct variable: Question 49
Positive dollar value or nil
Introduced in the 2011 NHS, child or spousal support payments were taken into account to help compute the deductions required from after-tax income to obtain disposable income for the MBM.
Support payments received from a former spouse or partner would be considered income and included in market income not included elsewhere.
This variable excludes all other gifts or transfers of money.
For additional information about data collection method, coverage, reference period, concepts, data quality and intercensal comparability of the income data, refer to the Income Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2016.
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