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Personal Income

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average family income was in each region of England in each year since 1997. (201561)

Average (median) gross weekly income for families is shown in the following table.

Median weekly gross income for families (3-year averages), by Government office region, 1997-98 to 2005-06, in 2005-06 prices

£

Government office region

1997-98 to 1999-2000

1998-99 to 2000-01

1999-2000 to 2001-02

2000-01 to 2002-03

2001-02 to 2003-04

2002-03 to 2004-05

2003-04 to 2005-06

North-east

236

247

262

275

279

282

286

North-west

262

275

287

300

308

312

315

Merseyside, Yorks and Humberside

260

275

287

301

306

315

321

East midlands

284

290

306

314

328

333

335

West midlands

282

294

305

315

318

319

318

Eastern

341

357

374

387

386

385

388

London

311

333

350

368

372

373

381

South-east

359

380

396

407

411

419

421

South-west

299

310

322

337

346

356

363

Wales

251

256

268

281

295

305

309

Scotland

265

271

280

292

302

309

316

Northern Ireland

289

289

Notes:

1. The information shown is for the United Kingdom from 2002-03 onwards. Earlier years are Great Britain only.

2. The results are based on survey data so are subject to sampling variability.

3. Weekly income amounts have been rounded to the nearest whole pound.

4. Median incomes have been presented. We have used median rather than mean as a measure of average incomes because they are less influenced by extreme values.

5. Three year averages of median incomes are presented as single year estimates are considered too volatile. These figures have been adjusted to account for the effect of inflation. This is consistent with the presentation of median incomes in the Households Below Average Income publication.

6. A family is defined as ‘a single adult or a couple living as married and any dependant children’. From January 2006 same-sex civil partners are also included in the same benefit unit.

7. The estimates are based on sample counts that have been adjusted for non-response using multi-purpose grossing factors that align the FRS to Government office region populations by age and sex. Estimates are subject to sampling error and remaining response bias.

Source:

Family Resources Survey, 1997-98 to 2005-06