Most social tenants fall below acceptable income
More than 90 per cent of households in social housing in England have an income level below that needed to maintain a socially acceptable standard of living, according to a new definition.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a report that calculates a couple with two children need to earn £36,800 to maintain an ‘acceptable standard of living’.
The English Housing Survey for 2010/11, which was published last week, shows the income of most social housing tenants falls way below this.
Ninety per cent of tenants have a household income of less than £30,000, and 6 per cent of the remainder have an income between £30,000 and £40,000. In the private rented sector 65 per cent of households have an income below £30,000, and 45 per cent of household in owner occupation fall below the £30,000 threshold.
The JRF has produced its figure for the earnings needed to maintain an acceptable standard of living since 2008, based on public opinion. It said the figure has risen by a third since it started the research.
Chief executive Julia Unwin said: ‘This year’s research shows that a dangerous cocktail of service cuts and stagnating incomes are being keenly felt by parents.
‘Many working people face the risk of sliding into poverty. It illustrates how anti-poverty measures are needed to address not just people’s incomes but also the costs that they face.’