See what members of the public think is needed to live and participate in today's society
The Minimum Income Standard (MIS) is set by members of the public and ratified by experts. The income needed for a couple with 2 children aged 3 and 7 is £685 per week.
This level of income allows people to join in with everyday activities that are taken for granted, like buying a birthday present or having a winter coat.
Use the tool below to explore the items that make up the Minimum Income Standard.
*as decided by members of the public
Groups specify which items should be in MIS and how long they last. Items are then costed by the research team. The costs shown are worked out on a weekly basis (where the number of weeks in a year = 365/7 = 52.1). Here are two examples: