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Households below a minimum income standard: 2008/09 to 2011/12, 24/01/14 [E/NI/S/W]

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a report which shows how much households need for an acceptable standard of living according to members of the public.

The latest household income data show trends in the numbers living below this threshold up to early 2012. Key points include: Overall there has been a deterioration in living standards, with the proportion of people living in households below Minimum Income Standards (MIS) increasing by a fifth between 2008/9 and 2011/12.

Most of the increase came in the final year of this period; While the incomes of families with children held up in the first part of the recession, from 2011/12 they became more likely to fall below MIS, as previous increases in benefits and tax credits started to reverse. Two in three people in lone parent families are now below MIS.

For full details see the Joseph Rowntree Foundation website.

Further Information

Households below a minimum income standard: 2008/09 to 2011/12