Tom H takes on the Tories analysis of poverty:

looking more broadly than at the numbers below any one income threshold, we can see [PDF; table 6] that the poorest 20% of the population have enjoyed faster income growth (BHC and AHC) than the middle or top quintiles under Labour. By contrast [PDF; figure 2.8], real annual income growth between 1979 and 1996/97 was biased entirely in favour of the richer: the richer you were, the faster your income grew; the poorer you were, the slower. That was the Tory record of increasing relative poverty.

I don’t think I’ve seen a better piece of evidenced work on a blog in some time.

No wonder Tom is up for a gong.

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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3 Responses to poverty

  1. Tom H says:

    That’ll be Tom F, not Tom H. He’s good, though

  2. Tom Freeman says:

    I was going to say that… not the “he’s good” bit, mind.

    (Tom H is also up for a gong and definitely deserves it. He really is good…)

    Anyway, cheers to both of you! And yah boo sucks to the Tories.

  3. andrewkbrown says:

    Ooops. Sorry to both Tom’s, who are both good.

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