The Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) specialises in applied research and policy analysis on issues around poverty and the living standards of low income households.
The Minimum Income Standard (MIS) is an on-going programme of research to define what level of income is needed in order to reach a minimum socially acceptable standard of living in the UK today.
CRSP calculates the Living Wage outside of London based on the Minimum Income Standard for the UK. CRSP has calculated that workers need to be paid a ‘living wage’ of £7.45 an hour in order to make ends meet.
The Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) is an independent research centre based in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. Over the past 30 years, it has built a national and international reputation for high quality applied policy research.
The Centre’s biggest role at present is the researching and analysis of A Minimum Income Standard for the United Kingdom. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, this is the leading standard of its kind in the UK, where it is being used to set the living wage, and is being replicated in other countries seeking to establish benchmarks for acceptable household income levels rooted in social consensus.
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