§ Mr. Norman Atkinson
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of total personal income from all sources is taken by the top 25 per cent. incomes as against the bottom 25 per cent. incomes both before and after tax; and what were the percentages in 1979.
1979 1982 Gross Income* Percentages Disposable Income† Percentages Gross Income* Percentages Disposable Income† Percentages Bottom 25 per cent. of households 7.6 8.9 7.8 9.2 Top 25 per cent. of households 47.1 45.5 48.2 46.3 * Gross income includes income from employment, investment, occupational pensions, and state benefits. † Disposable income equals gross income less payments of income tax and employees' national insurance contributions.
Source: Family Expenditure Surveys.