Coalition sees average earnings fall in every part of the UK

Working people in every region of the UK are significantly worse of in real terms since 2010, according to figures from the Labour Party.

Working people in every region of the UK are significantly worse of in real terms since 2010, according to figures from the Labour Party.

London, Yorkshire and the Humber, the North West, Wales and the East of England have seen the biggest falls.

The figures come ahead of an opposition day debate on living standards, economic growth and the deficit in which Labour will say that the government has failed to meet the goals it set in 2010.

Labour’s shadow chief secretary to the treasury Chris Leslie said that “far from delivering rising living standards, working people are now over £1600 a year worse off under this government”.

“Instead of securing the recovery in 2010 we’ve had three damaging years of flatlining. And we’ll need 1.5 per cent growth every quarter between now and the election simply to catch up all the lost ground since 2010,” he added.

The below table shows the change in real average earnings in each region and nation of the UK between 2010 and 2012

Region/nation Weekly change (£) Annual change (£) % change
London

-£42.30

-£2,200

-7.5

Yorkshire & The Humber

-£33.10

-£1,721

-8.1

North West

-£32.40

-£1,685

-7.8

Wales

-£32.10

-£1,669

-8.0

East

-£32.10

-£1,669

-7.0

South West

-£32.00

-£1,664

-7.8

West Midlands

-£29.80

-£1,550

-7.2

Scotland

-£27.30

-£1,420

-6.4

East Midlands

-£27.00

-£1,404

-6.5

South East

-£26.30

-£1,368

-5.5

North East

-£23.10

-£1,201

-5.8

Northern Ireland

-£18.50

-£962

-4.8

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