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Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director at The Equality Trust said:
"The figures are a damning indictment of the glaring inequalities between London and the rest of the country and between north and south, rich and poor. This is even more important, as part of the background to the current COVID19 crisis, which we know has seen higher rates of death in more deprived areas. We know that high levels of inequality are accompanied by higher levels of poor mental and physical health, drug and alcohol addiction, violent crime and imprisonment and lower levels of social mobility and educational attainment.
It's no surprise that Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham are the top areas, with an average gross disposable household income per head of £63,286, which the ONS says is nearly three times the UK average, while Nottingham had the lowest GDHI per head at £13,138."
The Equality Trust is the national charity that campaigns to improve quality of life in the UK by reducing economic and social inequality. The UK is one of the most unequal countries in the developed world and evidence shows that in countries with higher levels of inequality, we see higher rates of mental and physical ill health, higher rates of imprisonment and violent crime, worse educational outcomes and lower levels of trust. Inequality is not inevitable.