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
Tennis star Serena Williams has hit back at Romania's tennis captain Ilie Nastase, accusing him of racially abusing her and her unborn baby.
Newcastle United have confirmed their promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
The United States has sanctioned 271 Syrian government employees in response to Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.