Office for National Statistics data on wealth distribution

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in December 2012 examine the distribution of private household wealth in Great Britain in 2008/10, focussing specifically on the characteristics of those households in the top 10% of the wealth distribution.

The key points are:

  • The wealthiest tenth of households owned more than 40% of overall wealth and were over 850 times wealthier than the least wealthy tenth of households
  • A household required total wealth greater than £967,000 to belong to the wealthiest 10% of the distribution
  • The south-east of England had the highest percentage of ‘wealthy’ households
  • Over half of the combined wealth held by the top 10% of households was private pension wealth

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