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Adjusted income for economic families and persons not in economic families

Part A - Short definition:

Not applicable

Part B - Detailed definition:

For economic family members, this refers to economic family income that has been adjusted by a factor that accounts for family size. The adjustment factor takes into account the lower relative needs of additional family members, as compared to a single person living alone, and is determined by using a scale that assigns a decreasing value to the second and subsequent family members. The adjusted family income is then computed by dividing the family's income by the factor. Multiple equivalence scales are used in published data. The one chosen for use with the NHS income data is simply the square root of family size.

For persons not in economic families, the adjusted income is set at total income. This is equivalent to a factor of 1.0 for a person not in an economic family.

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Reported for:

Population in private households, economic families and persons not in economic families

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Derived variable


Not applicable


For details on the components of total income, see 'Remarks' under Total income. For details on the economic family and economic family status of individuals, see Economic family and Economic family status.

A similar variable existed in the 2006 Census but was based on a different equivalence scale.

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