Average Incomes

Treasury written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane PPS (Rt Hon Peter Hain, Secretary of State), Wales Office

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

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

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

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