Social Inequality in Britain Today
“In the last 30 years the unequal distribution of income in Britain has increased at an alarming rate” To what extent do you agree with this statement? I agree with the statement in a way. Although I don’t think that the unequal distribution of wealth has increased too dramatically, I think the fact that it has increased at all is alarming, because by looking at these figures (the top tenth of the population have a higher share of the wealth than before (from27%-31%) whereas the bottom 2 tenths have decreased. It is clear that they need to be changed, and what is also surprising is that Labour were in charge for the majority of this time, and are meant to be the party who are more left wing and socialist, therefore more inclined to help the masses and the working and lowest classes. Also - 62% of people in Britain have a household income that is lower than the national income. I feel that this is wrong. I don’t think society should be like a communist ideal where everyone is exactly equal, but think that the top 38% earn too much of the income. I think this happens because of a continuing cycle – people who struggle for work will not be able to provide such a good education (private schools, text books, parental support, tutors) to their children who will therefore struggle to match the grades of children of richer parents, and will struggle with lack of inheritance and experience possibly of university to draw on, and are more likely to end up working in similar lower paid jobs unable to break the cycle.
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