This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.
Proportion of people living below 50 per cent of median income, by age and sex
This indicator is a measure of relative income poverty at the national level. It measures how far individuals are from the median standard of living, approximating a measure of social exclusion. Persons living in relative poverty often experience many other forms of social and economic disadvantage through unemployment, poor housing, inadequate health care and barriers in accessing education and economic, social, political and cultural activities, which can result from social stigmatisation.
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Income - The total disposable income of a household is calculated by adding together the personal income received by all of household members plus income received at household level. Missing income information is imputed. Disposable household income includes - all income from work (employee wages and self-employment earnings); private income from investment and property; transfers between households; all social transfers received in cash including old-age pensions. At risk of poverty rate is defined at cut-off point - 50% of median equivalised income. Equivalence scale - to take into account the impact of differences in household size and composition, the total disposable household income is “equivalised”. The equivalised income attributed to each member of the household is calculated by dividing the total disposable income of the household by the equivalisation factor. Household definition - A ‘private household’ means “a person living alone or a group of people who live together in the same private dwelling and share expenditures, including the joint provision of the essentials of living.
Calculated figures provided by source.
For further information please see eurostat Income and living conditions Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated||08 October 2021|
|Metadata last updated||08 October 2021|