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The living standards audit 2020


Publication date

Jul 2020


This report is the latest in a series of annual Living Standards Audits, highlighting recent trends in household incomes. This year’s report looks at how households were faring before the coronavirus crisis, but also presents our nowcast of how the incomes of different groups were affected during the height of the lockdown. We also look to the future, and discuss the importance of maintaining – and even improving – the safety net in order to protect incomes against the effects of rising unemployment in the months ahead.


Labour Market, Households, Unemployment, Poverty, Living Standards, Public Policy, Welfare Benefits, Income Dynamics, Wages And Earnings, Ethnic Groups, Health, Economic Policy, and Covid 19



References: Crossley, T.F., Benzeval, M., Burton, J., Fisher, P., Jäckle, A., Read, B., and Low, H. (2020) ‘Briefing note COVID-19 Survey: the economic effects’, Understanding Society Working Paper Series, No. 2020-10. Colchester: University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research ; Brewer, Mike (2019) ‘What do we know and what should we do about inequality?’. London: SAGE.


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