Saturday April 4, 2020
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New official figures show government is failing to protect working class families


New figures published today by the Office for National Statistics show that government decisions are worsening inequality for working-class families.

The data shows that the poorest households suffered the largest losses in disposable household income last year (from 2017/18 to 2018/19).

Average disposable income for those in the bottom fifth fell by over four percent, compared to a one percent fall for the top fifth. The second biggest fall was for the second poorest quintile, with an average loss of nearly two percent.

Household income quintile (Change in disposable income)

Bottom (-4.1%)

2nd (-1.8%)

3rd (+1.5%)

4th (+0.9%)

Top (-1.1%)

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