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Average Incomes

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average income was in each of the last 30 years at today’s prices. (93511)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 16 October 2006:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question on what the level of average income was in each of the last 30 years at today’s prices. (93511)

Average income at today’s prices is taken to be real households’ disposable income which is shown in the attached table. Further data are available from table 2.4 (Income, product and spending per head) in Economic Trends which is available at the following address: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=308&Pos=&ColRank=1&Rank=422

Average real households’ disposable income is calculated using the total resident population for the United Kingdom

The estimates for real household disposable income is the national accounts series for the combined household and non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH) sectors. Estimates for households alone are not available. NPISHs are legal entities which are principally engaged in the production of non-market services for households and whose main resources are voluntary contributions by households. For example, charities; relief and aid organisations; educational establishments; Trade Unions; Professional Associations, Political Parties and Religious Organisations, and Sports Clubs and Associations.

Real households’ disposable income per head (£), 1976-2005

Real households’ disposable income per head (£)

1976

6,160

1977

6,037

1978

6,480

1979

6,856

1980

6,958

1981

6,922

1982

6,907

1983

7,044

1984

7,295

1985

7,525

1986

7,817

1987

8,088

1988

8,516

1989

8,888

1990

9,166

1991

9,318

1992

9,564

1993

9,793

1994

9,911

1995

10,142

1996

10,358

1997

10,721

1998

10,850

1999

11,111

2000

11,570

2001

12,021

2002

12,184

2003

12,433

2004

12,583

2005

12,782