The class system in the united kingdom is widely studied in academia but no definition of the word class is universally agreed to some scholars may adopt the marxist view of class where persons are classified by their relationship to means of production as owners or as workers which is the most important factor in that persons social rank. The class system is a measure of demarcations within the collective social body not a measure of general standards and thus it may be argued that the class system in britain has become more rather than less entrenched in recent decades as a net increase in standards has taken place alongside an increase in inequality. Considering factors like education salary professions and household ownership the bbcs own great british class survey discovered seven distinct classes in total with an elite representing . As economic opportunities rose after 1945 and as middle class aspirations and lifestyles became attractive across the whole class structure enormously high rates of taxation came to be viewed as counterproductive. The seven social classes elite this is the wealthiest and most privileged group in the uk they went to private school and elite universities and enjoy high cultural activities such as
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