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Are you in the 'elite' social class?

People in the UK now fit into seven social classes, a major survey conducted by the BBC suggests.

It says the traditional categories of working, middle and upper class are outdated, fitting 39% of people.

It found a new model of seven social classes ranging from the elite at the top to a "precariat" - the poor, precarious proletariat - at the bottom.

More than 161,000 people took part in the Great British Class Survey, the largest study of class in the UK.

Speaking to the Today programme's Evan Davis, Jill Kirby, former director of the Centre for Policy Studies, and Will Hutton, writer books such as Them and Us: Why we need a Fair Society, discussed naming social classes.

"Class is almost totally irrelevant in modern Britain... we are not bound by class," Ms Kirby said.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 2 April 2013.