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The average income in the UK rose to its highest level on record in 2014/15 as the number of people in work continued to grow, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The average household income rose 3% during the financial year after inflation. Now, the average person's income is £473 a week, or £24,600 a year.

The ONS said there was almost no change in the gap between the rich and the poor, as has been the case since 2011/12. However, the level of child poverty has increased.

Work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb said: "There is of course still more to do [to reduce child poverty] and that is why our Life Chances Strategy will look at the root causes of poverty whether that is worklessness, debt or addiction, family breakdown or educational attainment. It is only by doing this that we can truly tackle poverty and ensure everyone succeeds in life."