IFS Reports (R81)

Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2013

Date: 14 June 2013
Authors: Jonathan Cribb , Andrew Hood , Robert Joyce and David Phillips
Publisher: Institute for Fiscal Studies
DOI: 10.1920/re.ifs.2013.0081

The official statistics on the distribution of income and the extent of poverty in the UK in 2011-12 were released on Thursday 13 June 2013.

Using the data underlying these statistics, this report analyses:

  • the changes in average incomes in the most recent year of data and the period since the start of the 'Great Recession';
  • how the gap between rich and poor has changed and how this differs when looking at pre-tax-and-benefit income rather than net income;
  • the recent changes in both relative and absolute income poverty for the whole population and among different parts of the population;
  • the striking long-term changes in incomes and poverty rates for different parts of the population and different age groups;
  • the prospects for average incomes, inequality and poverty in the years ahead.

More detailed data underlying the analysis in this report can be found in this online spreadsheet

This report was funded by the Joseph Rowntree foundation

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