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Social Inequalities


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Each overview in the Focus on series combines data from the 2001 Census and other sources to illustrate its topic, and provide links to further information. This online overview is accompanied by a full report which contains more comprehensive analysis.
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Focus on Social Inequalities describes the different experiences of social groups in the UK today in six key areas: education, work, income, living standards, health, and participation. It looks at the 'advantaged' as well as the 'disadvantaged' and explores the relative differences between them.

People in the United Kingdom are better off than in the past across a range of measures but the benefits are not spread equally. Household income and educational attainment have improved overall but the gaps remain large. However, employment rates for most key groups that have been disadvantaged in the labour market have improved recently and at a greater rate than for the population overall. Nevertheless, a significant minority of people are affected by a lack of material resources and the inequality in the health of the population has widened.

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arrow Education
Exam results differ by social status
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Employment grows for the disadvantaged
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Gaps in income and wealth remain large
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People on low income less likely to have PCs
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Manual workers die earlier than others
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More volunteers from higher income homes
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