Figures show living standards slip in Portsmouth

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LIVING standards in Portsmouth have dropped since 2007, new figures have revealed.

Data released by trade union GMB show the real value of earnings for full-time workers in the city has decreased by 9.4 per cent in four years.

It shows the mean gross annual income for full-time workers stood at £27,089 in November 2011 – just a £1,512 rise from £25,577 recorded in April 2007.

The figures were compiled using official Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) data from the Office for National Statistics for April 2007 before the recession.

The average earnings, and an adjustment for wage increases in September 2011, were measured against inflation over the same period to calculate the real change in value of earnings.