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500 people have shared where they think inequality is worst in NSW

The tent city in Martin Place was one of the largest displays of inequality in Australia. Image: AAP

The divide between Sydney’s east and west is growing, according to a peak social services body, which blames access to healthcare, transport and education.

Almost a quarter of people west of Parramatta and 20 per cent in the regions believe social inequality is sharply rising, compared to 15 per cent in Sydney’s east, polling shows.

The research, commissioned by the NSW Council of Social Service, indicates 65 per cent of all respondents believe inequality has either increased or not changed over the last four years.

NCOSS chief executive Joanna Quilty said there was a “great divide” across Sydney.

“The survey reinforces an alarming trend in NSW where your postcode determines your access to vital services, including healthcare, transport and education,” Ms Quilty said in a statement.

“Social inequality is rising and causing a big divide, and it is unacceptable in such a prosperous city like Sydney.”

The poll surveyed a total of 544 people.

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