The Living Standards Audit 2019

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Corlett, Adam; Clarke, Stephen
Resolution Foundation
Date of publication
17 July 2019
Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Employment
Social welfare
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This living standards audit gives rigorous detail on real household incomes over the period from 1994-95 to 2018-19.

It starts with the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP’s) Households Below Average Income survey, which provides representative and consistent data about all forms of household incomes (as well as housing costs) for each financial year up to 2017-18.

This report also provides a 'nowcast' of the financial year that has just ended: 2018-19. This is an estimate based on data sources that are more timely but less focused specifically on household income changes. This analysis uses qualitative discussions with low to middle income households across the UK and additional survey data, in order to explore what potential people see for further growth in incomes and economic security.

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