How low income is measured in households below average income statistics

A brief graphical explanation of how low income is measured when producing households below average income statistics.


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This includes guidance on how:

  • income data undergoes equivalisation (which allows comparisons to be made of individuals of different ages from different sized households)
  • housing costs are considered
  • median household income is used to find the number of people in low-income households
  • inequality measures are produced
  • confidence intervals are used to show uncertainty around the estimates

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Published 5 June 2015
Last updated 26 September 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added HTML version of infographic
  2. Updated low income infographic includes latest data.
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