Do you earn enough for a
basic standard of living?

Answer three short questions and find out the minimum income for your family type.

The Minimum Income Standard for the UK shows how much money people need, so that they can buy things that members of the public think that everyone in the UK should be able to afford.

  • Figures are based on public views about a minimum standard that nobody should fall below.
  • It does not show you what you require to meet all your individual needs, and is not suitable for use as a personal budgeting tool.
  • Find out more at: www.minimumincomestandard.org
    Calculator figures were updated in May 2013.

About the MIS

The Minimum Income Standard for the UK (MIS) is based on what members of the public think is an acceptable living standard in our society. It shows how much income is needed to buy a 'basket' of goods to let someone participate in society.

Launched in 2008, the MIS is updated every year. It is a major research project bringing together expertise from Loughborough and York Universities and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The main MIS website gives details of the project, presents the results of the study and includes discussion papers about the research:
www.minimumincomestandard.org