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Disposable Income

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan Labour, Paisley and Renfrewshire North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average disposable income of (a) people with disabilities and (b) people without disabilities in each of the last 60 months.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The information is as follows:

Median household disposable income for the whole population and by self declared disability 2007-08 to 2011-12 in 2011-12 prices, £ per week
  Whole population No-one disabled within the family Someone disabled within the family
  Before housing costs After housing costs Before housing costs After housing costs Before housing costs After housing costs
2007-08 448 399 489 431 370 334
2008-09 450 394 486 421 383 341
2009-10 454 395 486 421 393 346
2010-11 440 380 472 407 380 334
2011-12 427 367 457 390 378 326
Notes: 1. The table provides median weekly household disposable income for the whole population, for households with at least one disabled member, and for households without a disabled member, in 2011-12 prices, for the last five years for which data is available. 2. BHC refers to income before housing costs while AHC refers to income after housing costs have been deducted. Housing costs include, but are not limited to, rent (gross of housing benefit); water rates, community water charges and council water charges; mortgage interest payments; structural investment premiums (for water occupiers); and ground rent and service charges. 3. The figures provided are from Households Below Average Income (HBAI), which is sourced from the Family Resources Survey. 4. The table provides the median disposable income of households, as it is not possible from HBAI data to determine the median disposable income of individuals. This is because certain income is received by the household rather than by individuals. 5. The figures provided are for whole years; as it was not possible to provide monthly data. This is because the Family Resource Survey is collected once per year, and therefore figures in HBAI are on an annual basis. 6. Figures are rounded to the nearest £1. 7. The median income is the income of the middle person in the population, such that half the population have incomes below the median and half the population have incomes above the median. The median is used instead of the mean income because the mean is affected by outlying cases with very high income values. Source: Households Below Average Income, DWP

For this analysis, disability is defined as having any long-standing illness, disability or impairment that leads to a substantial difficulty with one or more areas of the individual's life. Everyone classified as disabled under this definition would also be classified as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 (and the Disability Discrimination Act which was in force at the time of the survey). However, some individuals classified as disabled under the Equality Act 2010 would not be captured by this definition, as the Family Resources Survey, the source of the Households Below Average Income series, does not fully collect this information.

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