The Office for National Statistics has released new figures looking at the effects of taxes and benefits on household incomes in 2011/12.
- Disposable incomes have fallen since the start of the economic downturn, with average equivalised income falling by £1,200.
- Average original income (before any taxes or benefits) was £31,500.
- On average, households paid 20% of their gross income in direct taxes such as income tax and council tax.
- The top fifth of households had an average income of £78,300, 14 times that of the bottom fifth, who had an average of £5,400.
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