Using Minimum Income Standard Data

As well as providing the basis for the calculation of the Real Living Wage in the UK, MIS data are currently being used by a diverse range of organisations and individuals within the UK – from charities and benevolent funds who have fully integrated MIS data into their systems and processes for assessing eligibility for financial support, to housing organisations using MIS to inform rent levels.

We already work closely with a number of organisations, providing advice and support in the use and application of MIS data in these different contexts. We can and do provide MIS data in different formats depending on how these are being used, and respond to requests for bespoke data.

We are keen to do more to support existing users of MIS data, to expand the number of organisations using these data and to produce data in formats that are most helpful and appropriate. We also see value in connecting organisations using MIS data in similar ways.

Over the coming months, we will be developing this part of our website, adding case studies of MIS data use and developing the range of data available to download here.

If you have any questions about using Minimum Income Standard data to support your work, or would value a conversation about you may be able to best use MIS, please email: We will respond to all emails within a week.

Detailed spreadsheets

The downloads below are useful for researchers and practitioners wishing to make calculations using MIS data, and to obtain figures over time:

Note: The MIS budgets for single working age people and single pensioners are based on the average for both males and females in that category, so the single working age adult budget is the average of 'Single working age female'' and 'Single working age male' and the single pensioner budget is the average of 'Single female pensioner' and 'Single male pensioner'.