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Rich and poor gap narrows;In Brief

The divide between Britain's rich and poor has narrowed - but not significantly, according to a new report by the Joseph Rowntree foundation.

The study claims that the gap which separates the wealthy and those in poverty widened greatly during the 1980s and has only been slightly reduced during recent years. It claims that the abolition of the poll tax and falling unemployment helped people on the lowest incomes gain ground on their more affluent rivals, but there was a slowdown in the rate of earnings growth between 1992 and 1995.

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