• News Feeds
Page last updated at 08:47 GMT, Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Tackling inequality 'takes generations'

Advertisement

The Equalities Minister Harriet Harman says that government needs to "sustain and step-up action" to reduce the gap between rich and poor.

Ms Harman was speaking after the publication of a government-commissioned report which says the gap between rich and poor in the UK is wider now than 40 years ago.

The report by the National Equality Panel found "deep-seated and systemic differences" remain between men and women and minority groups in pay and employment.

Interviewed by the Today programme's Justin Webb Ms Harman said that, even though inequality was long-term and "deeply entrenched" in UK society, government can make a difference by creating a level playing field. "Without government action, equality grows," she added.

SEE ALSO

Story Tools

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific