Report: Households Below a Minimum Income Standard - 2008/9 to 2016/17

Social policy campaign group, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, has produced its latest report looking at the changing level of households surviving on less than what it considers to be a socially acceptable standard of living between 2008/9-2016/17.


Looking at working-age adults as one of three groups studied, it finds


  • Between 2008-9 to 2016-17, the number of working adults living at below a Minimum Income Standard (MIS) increased from 10 million to 10.8 million, with the percentage living on less than 75% of this also rising, from 6.5 to 6.7 million.
  • The likelihood of having an inadequate income has continued to increase among lone-parent households
  • While earnings have risen, income from benefits and tax credits has fallen in real terms, so groups that depend more on the latter, especially lone parents, are particularly vulnerable.
  • Half of all working-age couple parents with a single breadwinner did not have the income they needed for a minimum socially acceptable standard of living in 2016/17.
  • Around 40% of lone parents working full-time have an income below MIS