It disgusts me how often I come across this claim. I invariably then look for sources to fire back at the author/s of these spurious claims … and can’t find something quickly. There are probably relevant sources in this existing post and/or in this one, but from now on I will insert them onto this page.
If readers can point me towards other relevant sources, that would be much appreciated.
Here is the first cab off the rank, drawing on data from the Office of National Statistics: