Life on a low income

Elaine Kempson

About 14 million people - one in four of the British population - live in households with incomes below half the national average.

Since 1979, the number of people living on such low incomes has trebled. But what does this mean for the individuals who make up the statistics?

This report explores exactly what life is like for people who live on low incomes. It draws together a number of recent research studies which have explored, in depth, various aspects of the lives of low-income households to provide a detailed picture of what it means to live in Britain's poorest households in the mid-1990s.