The poorest people in Britain live 18 years fewer than the richest, major new Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) research has shown.
Commissioned by Channel 4 Dispatches, the CSJ has exposed how poverty and inequality have become so entrenched in Britain that the most disadvantaged have life expectancies similar to some of the poorest countries in the world.
To research the documentary the CSJ built the most comprehensive poverty database ever assembled in the UK to analyse the difference between the poorest and richest communities.
• Children in the most deprived communities are three-times more likely to fail to get five good GCSEs than the rich;
• Levels of worklessness amongst households with children are eight-times higher in the poorest neighbourhoods;
•Around two in five households with children in the poorest areas have no father present;
• Rates of violent crime are 12-times higher in Britain’s most deprived communities than the richest.
The CSJ said barriers such as worklessness, family breakdown and addiction keep people trapped in poverty and mean the gulf between the rich and poor is in danger of growing wider.
Earlier this year the CSJ put forward a host of recommendations to tackle poverty as part of its Breakthrough Britain 2015 study. Read the reports: Closing the Divide, Ambitious for Recovery, Restoring the Balance, the Journey to Work, Social Solutions and Fully Committed?
Watch Dispatches here.