HUGE differences between the living standards of certain ethnicities persist and are too often being ignored, according to a new report published today.
The study by economic think tank the Resolution Foundation shows that Bangladeshi and Pakistani household incomes are more than a third lower than the white British average and for black Africans a fifth lower.
Resolution Foundation spokesman Adam Corlett said: “Differences in living standards between ethnicities in Britain too often go ignored.
“This matters because income gaps between different minority ethnic groups and white British households are significant and persistent.
“However, we should be encouraged by the fact that there have been big improvements in some instances, such as the impressive employment gains seen among black, Bangladeshi and Pakistani men and women.
“Thanks to this and other factors, since the turn of the millennium, Bangladeshi and Pakistani households have actually seen the fastest income growth.”
Bangladeshi households experienced the fastest income growth: 38 per cent in real terms between 2001-03 and 2014-16, and 28 per cent for Pakistani households.
Male Pakistani and Bangladeshi workers saw median pay increase by 28 per cent since 2001 compared with just 1 per cent for men of other ethnicities, said the report.
People’s Assembly national organiser Tom Griffiths told the Star: “This is further evidence of the failed Tory austerity agenda where living standards continue to fall for the majority of people.
“The public-sector pay freeze has lasted longer than the second world war and, while any kind of growth is welcome, it is a sad indictment of society when there is such disparity in living standards based on people’s ethnic background.”