1 thought on “Poverty, inequality and the day before yesterday”

  1. Posted 22/07/2016 at 20:28 | Permalink

    I’m too lazy to investigate personally but I wonder about the impact of low-skilled immigration on these figures. Someone could come from an A8 EU country and get work in the UK at 58 of median income. Assuming that family is rational, then they will be better off having immigrated, but they show up as making the average family in the country poorer while themselves becoming richer. Is the ONS comparing the same people in 2010 with 2015, which would require retrospective data on the EU nationals incomes before they came here, or do they just compare the people who are here at the time of their survey year?
    Assuming the latter it’s another example of free movement for work being imv the EU’s greatest success story, and also one of the UK’s.

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