Monday, 15 October 2012

Real incomes rebounding

Average household income rose by £69 in real terms from April to June in real terms, that's stripping out the effects of inflation.

It's reached the highest level for a year and a half.

Average second quarter real income after was £4,510 after tax, up 1.6% from the previous quarter and 2.8% higher including inflation.

The ravages of high inflation, driven by rising oil and food prices, and higher VAT, have put a huge strain on family budgets - while incomes seemed adequate in cash terms, they bought less and less.

Real incomes dipped to their lowest level for more than 5 years at the end of 2011, but they have been rising slowly since then as inflation has fallen back.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics include wages, pensions, investment income and benefits, along with an additional element which estimates the value to families of education and healthcare.

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