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Vast gaps in living standards between ethnic groups persist—and recent progress could yet be undone

Typical Bangladeshi household incomes are £8,900 a year lower than the White British median

By Adam Corlett  

Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

We talk a lot about certain types of income inequality—the recent outcry over unequal pay at the BBC springs to mind—but the specifics of ethnic economic inequalities rarely get enough air time. Though only scratching the surface of such a complex topic, my recent Resolution Foundation briefing on the gaps in household incomes for different ethnicities sought to explore how different groups are faring and how that’s changed over time. The results, while encouraging in places, were striking in their disparity.

The headline figures…

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