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Thomas Wernham

Thomas Wernham

Research Economist


BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1st Class), University of Oxford, 2019

Thomas is a Research Economist in the Income, Work and Welfare sector, having joined the IFS in 2020. His current projects include research into the effect of the National Living Wage on the household income distribution, and the incidence of Housing Benefit. Before joining the IFS, Thomas worked in the insurance industry, in actuarial consulting.


Academic outputs

Reports and comment

Official statistics released by DWP today show that by February this year there were 5 million Universal Credit (UC) claimants – double the number seen pre-pandemic.
This report examines how household incomes were changing in the UK up to the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how other measures of household living standards have changed over the course of the pandemic.


At this event, IFS researchers presented the key findings from their latest flagship annual report on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.