A new report by TUC has found that the gap between the rich and poor has grown over the past 30 years.

The union has released statistics which show that low income earners pay only increase 27% while the top 10% seen an increase of 10 times that amount.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “People often cite the recession as the source of this income squeeze but a livelihood crisis has been brewing in Britain for decades.