Personal Income

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd February 2016.

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Photo of Lord Northbourne Lord Northbourne Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define family income and household income, and whether family income includes the father's income whether or not he is living with his children and their mother.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Government does not have a single standard definition of family or household income. The definition used will vary depending on the particular circumstances under consideration.

The definition of household income in the National Statistics publication Households Below Average Income, which analyses the income distribution, is:

Total income from all sources of all household members including dependants.

This definition includes any income received by a household member from an absent parent or former partner.

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