Income below the low-income threshold

To determine whether households have a low income, the disposable income of a household (excluding rent allowance) is converted into the standardised income. Standardisation means that incomes are made comparable by correcting for differences in household size and type. The standardised incomes of previous years are converted to the price level in 2020 by means of the price index for household consumption. The resulting income is low if it is less than 13,200 euros. This threshold roughly corresponds to the purchasing power of a single person on income support in 1979, when this benefit was at its highest.