It’s your vote

Do you agree with a survey suggesting the gap between the rich and poor in the North-East is getting smaller?

The gap between rich and poor is narrower in the North than in southern regions of England, but it is increasing as the pay of those at the top rises faster than for those at the bottom, research indicated today.

Yorkshire and the Humber has the lowest level of income inequality in England, with the top 20% of earners bringing in £390 more a week than the bottom fifth of earners, according to the Institute for Public Policy Research North.

The North East has the second smallest gap between the pay of the rich and the poor, with the best paid earning around £392 a week more than those on the lowest incomes.