DAVIS, A., HIRSCH, D. and SMITH, N., 2010. A minimum income standard for the UK in 2010. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
This study updates 2008’s innovative research,
based on what members of the public thought
people need for an acceptable minimum
standard of living.
This report shows: • what different family types need to earn in 2010 to meet
the minimum income standard;
• how much the cost of a minimum household budget has
risen since the last update in 2009.
This update is based partly on inflation and partly on a review of
what should be included in the minimum standard. Despite the
recession, members of the public generally maintained their
view of what things are needed to participate fully in society, but
added some required items to reflect changing technology.
The report also examines how far changes in benefits, wages and
taxes affect people’s ability to maintain a minimum living standard in
tough economic times. Its results carry important messages about
households’ increased risk of falling below the minimum
This report is also available from: http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/MIS-2010-report_0.pdf