Inequality in the UK

Fact checks focused on homelessness, poverty, inequality and social mobility

6 April 2018

Gender pay gap: what do the new figures tell us?

78% of 10,000 UK employers, most with over 250 staff, have a gender pay gap. The median hourly wage gap for these employers is around 10%.

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Gender pay gap: what do the new figures tell us?
8 January 2018

Do the top 1% of earners pay 28% of the tax burden?

There aren’t any readily available figures for what proportion of all taxes the top 1% pays. This claim is just referring to income taxes.

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Do the top 1% of earners pay 28% of the tax burden?
14 December 2017

How many children are homeless in England, Scotland and Wales?

128,000 children are living in temporary accommodation in Britain.

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How many children are homeless in England, Scotland and Wales?
8 December 2017

Are 400,000 more children in absolute poverty since 2010?

It’s not correct that absolute child poverty has risen by this much since 2010.

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Are 400,000 more children in absolute poverty since 2010?
8 December 2017

Social mobility and universities

We looked at the proportion of private school pupils going to Oxford and getting top jobs and the proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds going to university.

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Social mobility and universities
1 December 2017

About one in five people live in absolute or relative poverty if their housing costs are included

An estimated one in five people in the UK lives in absolute or relative poverty, after housing costs are taken into account.

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About one in five people live in absolute or relative poverty if their housing costs are included
17 November 2017

Did 500,000 children need emergency food supplies last year?

The figure is about the number of three day emergency food supplies given out to children by the Trussell Trust last year—about 437,000—not the number of children who received them.

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Did 500,000 children need emergency food supplies last year?
16 November 2017

Do women earn less than men in the UK?

In 2017, the median hourly wage for women working full time was about 9.1% less than the median hourly wage for men (excluding overtime). That’s £1.32 less per hour.

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Do women earn less than men in the UK?
27 October 2017

Is Oxbridge still a rich white student's world?

Check the figures on Oxford and Cambridge entry.

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Is Oxbridge still a rich white student's world?
20 October 2017

Are people in work using food banks?

The most recent data shows that 15% of households that use Trussell Trust foodbanks include at least one person with some work or employment income.

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Are people in work using food banks?

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