A minimum income standard for the UK in 2012: summary

Document type
Summary
Corporate author(s)
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Publisher
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
10 July 2012
Series
Findings
Subject(s)
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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New research updating JRF’s annual ‘minimum income standard’ (MIS) for the United Kingdom has asked members of the public what people need to achieve a socially acceptable standard of living now. This allows comparison of the minimum in 2012 with the pre-recession period when MIS was first calculated.

A single person in the UK needs to earn at least £16,400 a year before tax in 2012, to afford a minimum acceptable standard of living. Two parents need to earn at least £18,400 each to support themselves and two children.

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