Setting adequacy standards: how governments define minimum incomes, by John Veit-Wilson

This is an excellent international survey of how the governments of ten countries worldwide set their Minimum Income Standards (MIS). The UK Government currently has no MIS to assess the adequacy of minimum wages, tax thresholds or social security benefits.
This book shows how it should go about it, setting a MIS which is publicly acceptable, methodologically defensible and administratively feasible. It is essential reading for everyone concerned about poverty policy and income maintenance. (Policy Press, January 1998, 142 pp, paperback, ISBN 1 86134 072 9, price £11.95, US$21.50.)