How have household incomes evolved over your lifetime? What is the gap between rich and poor? How many people are there in poverty? Which groups are most likely to face poverty? These questions are fundamental to understanding the living standards of households across the UK, and have long been the subject of research at the IFS. This page brings together key resources that are useful to the public in understanding how and why living standards have changed since 1961.
IFS researchers produce new research frequently to keep the analysis of the UK income distribution up to date. These reports also contain analysis of particular issues regarding household living standards that we investigate in much greater depth, and that are used as the basis for more academic projects at IFS.
This spreadsheet allows the public to see the how different measures of living standards, poverty and inequality have evolved over time. This combines data from Department for Work and Pension's Households Below Average Income series from 1994-95 with data produced by the IFS to measure the incomes and distribution of income in Britain since 1961.
Figures since 1961 are given for: