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Average Income

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average household income for (a) retired and (b) unemployed households was in (i) the UK as a whole and (ii) each parliamentary constituency in each of the last eight years. (85471)

Specific information regarding median incomes for Great Britain is available in “Households Below Average Income (HBAI) 1994/95-2004/05”, available in the Library. The main source for HBAI is the Family Resources Survey (FRS). The information shown is for Great Britain only.

Average household income is defined as median household income which is the main measure used in HBAI.

The data source does not allow us to provide robust estimates at a parliamentary constituency level. Information for the UK is not available for the last eight years.

The following tables show the median income in Great Britain in each of the last eight years for (A) retired households and (B) unemployed (workless) households.

Table A: Median household income for the retired1 in each year's prices, Great Britain, 1997-98 to 2004-05

£ per week equivalised

Before housing costs

After housing costs

1997-98

215

193

1998-99

221

201

1999-2000

235

213

2000-01

244

224

2001-02

257

238

2002-03

267

247

2003-04

279

258

2004-05

300

276

1 Retired is defined as individuals who are state pension age or above (females aged over 60 and males aged over 65). This category also includes individuals in a couple where one is below and one above state pension age.

Source:

FRS

Table B: Median household income for workless households1 in each year's prices, Great Britain, 1997-98 to 2004-05

Working-age adults: £ per week equivalised

Before housing costs

After housing costs

1997-98

157

111

1998-99

164

116

1999-2000

174

123

2000-01

179

130

2001-02

190

138

2002-03

194

144

2003-04

202

147

2004-05

212

158

1 Workless households are defined as households where all individuals, of working age, that are eligible for employment are not in employment.

Source:

FRS