Gap in voting rates between young and old widest in Britain

New OECD data out today reveals the gap in voting rates between 16-35 year olds and those aged 55 or over is wider in Britain than elsewhere, and is three times the OECD average gap.

New OECD data out today reveals the gap in voting rates between 16-35 year olds and those aged 55 or over is wider in Britain than in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States – and is three times the OECD average gap.


The “Society at a Glance 2011 – OECD Social Indicators” report also shows:

• Women in Britain spend two hours more per day doing unpaid work than men;

Income inequality in the UK is the seventh highest in the OECD, and has been increasing at more than the OECD average rate.

Poverty rates are little more than OECD averages, 11.3% compared to an OECD average of 11.1% in 2007;

• 57% of British people have volunteered time, given money, or helped a stranger in the previous month – the fifth highest in the OECD, whose average is 39%.

Finally, Mexicans work longer days than anyone else in OECD countries – devoting 10 hours to paid and unpaid work – and also do the most housework, at more than three hours per day.

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