HIRSCH, D., 2013. A minimum income standard for the UK in 2013. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 33pp.
This is the 2013 update of the Minimum Income
Standard (MIS) for the United Kingdom, based on
what members of the public think people need for
an acceptable minimum standard of living.
This update in minimum budgets is based on increases in living costs. The
findings also reflect changes in the tax and benefits systems, which affect
both people’s living standards and the earnings required to reach a minimum
net income. The report describes the ways in which people on lower incomes
are being squeezed by a combination of sluggish income growth, restrictions
on increases in benefits and tax credits, and rising living costs. It also notes
the extent to which increases in income tax allowances help to alleviate
This report shows:
• what incomes different family types require in 2013 to meet the
minimum standard; and
• how much the cost of a minimum household budget has risen since the
last update in 2012.
This is an official report. It is also available from: http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/MIS-2013