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Inequality: views of British people stand out from other nations

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The end of lockdowns is in sight but the road out of these restrictions is only the start of a much longer journey to a full recovery from the pandemic.

The crisis has ruthlessly exposed how our vulnerability to shocks varies hugely. The extent to which our lives have been altered by the experiences of the past year is determined by a complex web of existing inequalities – across genders, age groups, races, income levels, social classes and places.

In this context, it’s vital to understand which types of inequalities Britons see as most pressing. Public perceptions not only help shape political and policy responses, they are also vital to our overall faith in the political and economic system. Getting our focus wrong now could have serious long-term implications.

In a 28-country study, the Policy Institute at King’s College London and Ipsos MORI looked at what the British public thinks are the most serious forms of inequality today, against the backdrop of COVID, and how opinions compare with those in other nations.

We found that Britons are unusually focused on inequalities between areas in Britain. Just over half (51%) say inequalities between more and less deprived areas of the country are one of the most serious types of inequality. This is much higher than the European average of 39% and above any other western European nation. Across Europe, Italy has........

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