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.
More top news
The UK's biggest ambulance service is to become the first in the country to be placed in special measures.
Footage of an armed burglar crawling on the floor of a couple's bedroom while they slept just feet away has been released by police.
Two police officers escaped unhurt after up to eight shots were fired at their vehicle in Northern Ireland.