Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University
HILL, K. and DAVIS, A., 2018. Making ends meet below the minimum income standard: families experiences over time. Loughborough: Loughborough University, Centre for Research in Social Policy.
CRSP Working Paper;662
This paper presents some preliminary findings and emerging themes from a second round of
interviews in the Bringing up a Family: Making ends meet study conducted by the Centre for
Research in Social Policy (CRSP). The purpose of this initial analysis is to bring together
some general findings drawing on the longitudinal focus of the study to provide some
insights into the ongoing experiences of families living on an income which falls below the
Minimum Income Standard (MIS). The paper focusses in particular on how changes are
experienced and managed, the extent of choice and constraint, what these mean for
people’s incomes and lives and how families continue to cope when living below what in the
context of MIS is a minimum acceptable living standard. The findings presented here are
based on an initial overview of a second wave of interviews. It is hoped that a third round of
interviews will be possible in 2019 allowing additional analysis and reporting in the future.