Inequality has been rising for 30 years. The gap between rich and poor is the widest since the second world war. If current trends continue, we will have reached Victorian levels of inequality in 20 years. Sign up to our weekly email briefings to get the full facts. View wealth inequality video.
• When taking inflation and spending habits into account alongside incomes, standards of living have declined for the poor but improved for the rich
• Britain's top executives are supposed to be paid according to how their companies perform - but pay in recent years has increased far more quickly than performance
• The gap in GDP-per-head between inner London and West Wales and the Valleys or Cornwall is bigger than the gap between the richest and poorest region in any other EU country
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