A minimum income standard for the UK in 2013: summary

Document type
Summary
Author(s)
Hirsch, Donald
Publisher
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
1 June 2013
Subject(s)
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This annual update of JRF’s ‘minimum income standard’ (MIS) is based on what members of the public think people need to achieve a socially acceptable standard of living. The 2013 figures show a continuing squeeze on incomes relative to rising costs, only partly alleviated by increased tax allowances. Single people need to earn at least £16,850 a year before tax in 2013 for a minimum acceptable living standard. Couples with two children need to earn at least £19,400 each. Out-of-work benefits remain well below the MIS level, but pensioners claiming Pension Credit receive incomes close to minimum requirements. Over the past five years, working-age benefits have deteriorated substantially relative to MIS.

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