A minimum income standard for the UK in 2017

Document type
Summary
Author(s)
Padley, Matt; Hirsch, Donald
Publisher
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
6 July 2017
Subject(s)
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Social Policy
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This is the 2017 update of the Minimum Income Standard for the UK, based on what the public think people need for an acceptable minimum standard of living.

This report shows:

  • The incomes different family types require in 2017 to meet the minimum standard.
  • How the cost of a minimum household budget has changed since the last update in 2016.
  • How the incomes of people on benefits, and of those working on the National Living Wage, compare to what they need according to MIS.

It recommends two main actions:

  • The Government should lift the freeze on working-age tax credits and Universal Credit, so that support keeps up with the rising cost of living.
  • Alongside this, the Government should lift the freeze on the Work Allowance, so that families can keep more of their earnings.

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