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Average Income Statistics

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income was for (a) the lowest earning 40 per cent. and (b) the highest earning 40 per cent. of the population in (i) Swindon and (ii) England in (A) 1997 and (B) 2005. (69136)

The data source does not allow us to provide robust income estimates below regional level.

Information is presented in the following tables for England as a whole and the South West region in particular. This is consistent with the latest publication of the “Households Below Average Income 1994-95 to 2004-05”.

Money values for the median of the bottom 40 per cent. of income distribution in average 2004-05 prices: England and South West

£ per week equivalised

1996-97 to 1998-99

2002-03 to 2004-05

Before housing costs

England

186

222

South West

187

229

After housing costs

England

135

177

South West

137

185

Money values for the median of the top 40 per cent. of income distribution in average 2004-05 prices: England and South West

£ per week equivalised

1996-97 to 1998-99

2002-03 to 2004-05

Before housing costs

England

483

550

South West

453

517

After housing costs

England

410

489

South West

385

465

Notes: 1. Figures are provided using a three-year moving averages, as single-year estimates do not provide a robust guide to year-on-year changes. Hence, figures are not consistent with previously published single-year estimates and there may be differences in changes over time. 2. Figures refer to income not earnings. Source: Family Resource Survey.