How much do you think a person needs to earn to live an acceptable life. Not just to survive, but to live with dignity?
Well, researchers have come up with a new figure based on what the public think is needed to live a decent life, covering not only the basics of food, bills and rent, but also the things that make life worth living – social connection, leisure and the odd takeaway.
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A single person would need to earn £25,500 a year, far above the government’s legal minimum wage of £18,600 for adults aged 23 and over (the national living wage), according to anti-poverty charity The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which commissioned Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) to conduct the study.
For a couple with two children, this ‘Minimum Income Standard (MIS)’ is £43,400 between them, to be able to live a dignified family life.
Yet, if both parents work full-time on the national minimum wage, they will only earn £37,200, just 86 per cent of what is needed to live to a decent standard.
“The government’s cost of living support will not plug the growing gap between incomes and the amount families require to meet their minimum needs,” said Peter Matejic, head of analysis at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.