Comparing Minimum Income Standards: MIS in the UK

Comparing Minimum Income Standards: MIS in the UK

Comparing Minimum Income Standards: MIS in the UK Abigail Davis Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University Minimum Income Standards What is MIS? A budget standard that provides a way of estimating the income that people need in order to reach a minimum socially acceptable standard of living A new benchmark anchored in public consensus A way of looking at peoples needs and whether or not these are being met

Minimum Income Standards Methods Map Stage 1: Orientation Groups Stage 2: Consultation with expert panel Stage 3: Task Groups Stage 4: Costing and expert input Stage 5: Checkback Groups Stage 6: Drawing up Final Budget Standards Stage 7: Final Negotiation Groups

Stage 8: Geographical groups Minimum Income Standards: the story so far 2008 MIS for Britain 2009 MIS for Northern Ireland First update, with uprated budgets 2010 MIS for the UK, incorporating first review MIS for rural households MIS for Japan begins 2011

MIS UK update MIS for Guernsey MIS Applications Living Wage Means-testing financial assistance A tool to answer policy questions Needs of particular communities Social security reform Minimum Income Standards: 2012 and beyond 2012

MIS for UK update, including first rebase In-depth work on the costs of children MIS for Japan first findings MIS for Portugal begins 2013 MIS for UK update Focus on qualitative data MIS 2010 single working age adult budgets Japan (Mitaka) and UK Food Alcohol Tobacco Clothing

Water rates Council tax Household insurances Fuel Other housing costs Household goods Household services Personal goods and services Motoring Other travel costs Social and cultural participation Rent Total Excluding rent, council tax, medical expenses and private health insurances Japan (Mitaka) %

36 1 0 10 1 1 6 2 4 6 7 0 5 24 - United

Kingdom % 28 3 0 5 3 1 6 2 6 3 6 0 12 26 -

100 100 MIS UK: A definition of the minimum standard A minimum standard of living in Britain today includes, but is more than just, food, clothes and shelter. It is about having what you need in order to have the opportunities and choices necessary to participate in society. MIS Japan: A definition of the minimum standard In contemporary Japan, the basic standard of living that is required for everyone as a minimum means a

sanitary and healthy way of living backed by a sense of security and stability. In addition to clothing, food and housing, this minimum necessary standard of living includes an environment where necessary information, human relationships, entertainment, appropriate ways of working, education and solid future prospects are available. Challenges Recruitment Explaining the task Framing Case studies Interpreting the data Consistency of approach Moderating

Costing Next steps UK MIS 4th Age MIS Highlands and Islands Living Wage Portugal Exchange visits and training workshops Japan Further collaboration for in-depth comparison of both methods and findings Developing countries

A minimum income standard Abigail Davis Centre for Research in Social Policy Loughborough University Leicestershire LE11 3TU Telephone: 01509 223618 Email: [email protected] Website: www.minimumincomestandard.org

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