“Income inequality was lower coming into the [pandemic] crisis than when the Conservatives first came into office.”

Rishi Sunak, BBC Radio 4

July 8, 2021

Facts

Rishi Sunak, on BBC Radio 4, said “Income inequality was lower coming into the [pandemic] crisis than when the Conservatives first came into office.” He said it showed the government’s “record on reducing inequality is actually very strong”.

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis finds that in the 10 years leading up to March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic first hit the UK, “income inequality increased by an average of 0.2 percentage points per year to 36.3%”.

A study by Channel 4 FactCheck concluded that” the Conservatives were in charge of the economy for ten years before the pandemic struck (2010-11 to 2019-20) and income inequality was worse at the end of that period than it was at the start.”

Verdict

Rishi Sunak’s statement about income inequality was misleading. Many of Rishi Sunak’s false or misleading claims listed on this website have been to protect or justify statements made by the Prime Minister. Not this one. When we offered Rishi Sunak the opportunity to comment he did not reply. 

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