The National Statistics have produced an analysis of people living in low income households for financial years 1994/95 to 2018/19.
The data shows:
- Median household income before housing costs (BHC) decreased slightly between 2017/18 and 2018/19 and was flat after housing costs (AHC)
- The percentage of individuals in relative low income has risen since around 2013/14 both BHC and AHC, however both were stable this year.
- Larger families require a higher level of household income to achieve similar ‘living standards’ (based on a household income measure) to smaller families
- Households containing children have similar income sources as households containing working age adults only, except state support receipt generally makes up a larger proportion of income due to greater eligibility for state support (including child benefit and tax credits) for this group.