Writing in last Sunday’s Independent On Sunday, the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, called for the Government to stand by its pledge to level out inequality in Britain – and has said that income inequality and youth unemployment are giants that must be “slayed”.
But, according to Sarah Castells, of opinion pollsters Mori, the picture at the top is somewhat different. In fact “a culture of secrecy over executive pay is holding back attempts to tackle inequality.”
To shed more light on this, the High Pay Commission, an independent inquiry into top pay in the private sector, commissioned Ipsos MORI to talk to a group of top earners – people in the top 1 per cent of the UK’s income distribution. The research shows that the taboo around discussing your pay inhibits rational debate on the subject and distorts the way top earners see their salaries.
With this in mind, the Resolution Foundation have recently developed an excellent interactive on-line tool to show you just how far up (or down) the UK income scales you are…
Discover how UK income is spread out and where you stand economically in relation to other UK households. You can interactively see the impact of having a larger or smaller household, and compare alternative scenarios with your own
Complete the form with data about your household to see where you stand in relation to others in the UK.
Have a go, and let me know what you think….