Labour 'failing to bridge Britain's inequality gap'
Published 27/01/2010 | 05:00
THE Labour Party in Britain has failed to bridge the inequality gap and the country remains a deeply unequal society after almost 13 years of Labour rule, according to a report commissioned by the UK government.
The National Equality Panel, set up by Harriet Harman in 2008 to investigate inequalities, found that social class still determined life chances, and "deep-seated and systematic differences" remained between social classes. The report concluded that although earnings inequality had narrowed a little, the large growth of inequality in the 1980s had not been reversed and "social background really matters".
It found that poorer children were less ready to learn when they started school than those from richer families and the gap widened as they progressed through the education system. (© Independent News Service)