Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2020


This report from UK think tank the IFS looks at how living standards were changing in the UK up to the eve of the current COVID-19 crisis.

This report examines how living standards – most commonly measured by households’ incomes – were changing in the UK up to approximately the eve of the current COVID-19 crisis, using the latest official household income data covering years up to 2018–19. We particularly focus on how this differed for different groups, and what this meant for poverty and inequality. It gives us a comprehensive account of where we stood before the current crisis, including for groups who we now know have subsequently had their economic lives turned upside down.

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