Examines how taxes and benefits redistribute income between various groups of households in the UK. The study shows where different types of households and individuals are in the income distribution and looks at the changing levels of income inequality over time.



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Pre-release access list for Household disposable income and inequality: financial year ending Mar 2016

The phrase 'Pre-release Access' refers to the practice whereby official statistics in their final form, and any accompanying written commentary, are made available to an eligible person in advance of their publication. The rules and principles which govern pre-release access are featured within the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008.

Besides ONS staff, the following persons are given pre-release access by the period indicated before release.

Access granted to Organisation Period
Chancellor of the Exchequer HM Treasury 24hrs
Chief Secretary to the Treasury HM Treasury 24hrs
Economic Secretary HM Treasury 24hrs
Financial secretary HM Treasury 24hrs
Permanent Secretary HM Treasury 24hrs
Chief Economic Advisor HM Treasury 24hrs
Special Adviser HM Treasury 24hrs
Special Adviser HM Treasury 24hrs
Duty Press Officer (CHX Spokesperson) HM Treasury 24hrs
Duty Press Officer (Senior Economy Spokesperson) HM Treasury 24hrs
Official Preparing Briefing HM Treasury 24hrs
Official Clearing Briefing HM Treasury 24hrs
Assistant Private Secretary Department for Work & Pensions 24hrs
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Department for Work & Pensions 24hrs
Press Officer Department for Work & Pensions 24hrs
Lead Analyst Department for Work & Pensions 24hrs
Minister for Welfare Reform Department for Work & Pensions 24hrs