'Huge gaps in living standards between ethnicities persist'

Huge gaps in the living standards between different ethnicities persist and are too often being ignored, a new report says.

Typical Bangladeshi and Pakistani household incomes are over a third lower than the white British median, and a fifth lower for Black Africans, said the Resolution Foundation.

But despite the findings, the think tank also revealed that Bangladeshi households experienced the fastest income growth of 38% in real terms between 2001/03 and 2014/16, and 28% for Pakistani households.

Male Pakistani and Bangladeshi workers saw median pay increase by 28% since 2001, compared to just 1% for men of other ethnicities, said the report.

Adam Corlett, senior economic analyst at the Resolution Foundation, 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."

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