Households below a minimum income standard: 2008/09 to 2016/17

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Stone, Juliet; Padley, Matt; Hirsch, Donald
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
6 February 2019
Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Families, Employment
Social welfare
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This report looks in detail at the family and household characteristics of those below the Minimum Income Standard, which is a benchmark for an adequate standard of living in the UK. It focuses in particular on three demographic groups: children, working-age adults and pensioners.

JRF recommends that 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.

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