We’re all in it together!?

The share of national income held by the top 1% reached 14.3% in 2005. It is likely to be as high as 17% today. This is more than double the share they took in the mid 1970’s, when the top 1% took 8% of total earnings.

In 2007 just before the crash, the top 0.1%, 30,000 people, took 5% of total earnings in the UK. 5% of the UK population is 3.1 million people.

Source: OECD Report Dec 2011

Since 1990 the poorest segment of the British population has seen a decline in income of about 8%, while the richest sector of the population has seen an increase in income of almost 68%. About 17% of the British population is considered to live in poverty.

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About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio http://www.agitpopradio.org.uk He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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2 Responses to We’re all in it together!?

  1. Instead of the rich trickling down economic benefits onto the poor I think that instead they’re tinkling down the contents of their bladders.

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