Analysis and action on living standards
Household incomes and consumption patterns provide a lens on day-to-day living standards. We explore these measures here, with a specific focus on how changes to the tax and benefit system are affecting them, and the experience of poverty for different generations over the life course.
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Data for years prior to 1966 are presented as five-year rolling averages. Total spend is based on the categories used in Hills (2004), so does not map precisely to HM Treasury and OBR totals.
RF analysis of OBR, Fiscal sustainability report – July 2018, July 2018; HMT, Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses; J Hills, Inequality and the State, Oxford University Press, October 2004
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