Average Income Statistics

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th June 2006.

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Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Labour, North Swindon 12th 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.

Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Work) 12th June 2006

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.

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