Scale and Trends

How is economic inequality defined? How unequal is the UK? How has UK inequality changed over time?

How Has Inequality Changed?

Levels of inequality changed dramatically over the course of the 20th century. Income inequality fell from a high point in the 1930s, remained fairly static until 1979, and then increased dramatically from 1979 to 1991. Since 1991 it has remained fairly stable, including during the recent financial crisis.