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Inequalities - 10.03.2004

Britain, one of the worst records of regional inequalities in Europe
The United Kingdom is ranked second only to Mexico as the country with the worst regional inequalities in the industrialised world.
 
It is one the conclusions of the Poverty : the facts 2002-2003 report published by Child Poverty Action Group on 9 March 2004.
 
It claims that each region and country in the UK contains areas and cities with different poverty levels ; Wales as a whole is poorer than Great Britain ; A third of people in Inner London live below the poverty line...
 
Poverty has a social dimension too : Ethnic minorities and women are more vulnerable : following an initiative by the government, about 40% of white young people found long term jobs as opposed to a mere 31% of young people from ethnic minorities.
 
Similarly, the percentage of women on low salaries is widely higher than the proportion of women on the labour market.
 
Paul Dornan, one of the authors of the report, is quoted as saying that "Poverty is about an inadequacy of resources".
 
The report Poverty : the facts is available via Child Poverty Action Group's website at the price of £10.95 (about 16 euros)
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