Loughborough University Extending Minimum Income Standards Worldwide

Extending Loughborough University's Minimum Impact Standard worldwide


The Minimum Income Standard (MIS) – developed by Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Social Policy – has impacted thousands of low-income households in the UK, helping them to achieve a socially acceptable standard of living.

The Research

Having identified variations of MIS in different types of areas across the UK, the research team knew that – when calculating MIS overseas – understanding the local context would be critical.

Working with partners in Mexico and Singapore, Matt Padley and Abigail Davis are adapting and applying the MIS within these two very different countries.

In Singapore, they initially investigated the needs of older people. A further study is exploring the requirements of working-age adults and will support an evidence-based review of policy and practice.

The partnership in Mexico has focused on establishing and describing the minimum needs of urban households. It is the first study of its kind in Mexico and will be published this autumn. There are plans to expand the research to establish the needs of people living in rural areas.


Collaborating with colleagues who understand the cultural, social and political contexts specific to Singapore and Mexico has resulted in appropriate adaptions to the MIS approach – resulting in stronger research and, crucially, better outcomes for households.

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