Briefing Note (BN89)

Living standards, inequality and poverty: Labour's record

Date: 07 April 2010
Publisher: Institute for Fiscal Studies
DOI: 10.1920/bn.ifs.2010.0089

In this Briefing Note, we assess the changes to living standards that have occurred under the first 11 years of the Labour government, setting out how average incomes, income inequality and poverty have changed between 1996-97 and 2007-08 (the latest year for which data on all three are available). We compare these changes with what happened under previous governments.