Income Inequality

Grenfell: Forty Years In The Making

Pam Jarvis | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Pam Jarvis

If we are determined to ensure that further tragedies on the Grenfell scale never happen again, it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that we root out the Thatcherist cancer that has been mushrooming at the heart of our society for the past three and a half decades, returning to a 'people first' approach.

Racism And Classism Killed The Residents Of Grenfell Tower

Skylar Baker-Jordan | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK
Skylar Baker-Jordan

We are talking about some of the most marginalised and oppressed people in our society dying in a hellish inferno, so the very nature of the discourse around what happened at Grenfell Tower is innately political whether we want it to be or not. The fact is, Grenfell Tower - from the residents' years of documented complaints about safety to the fact is lies in the richest borough in London - is a stark reminder of whose voices get listened to in modern Britain, whose don't, and that this dichotomy can have deadly consequences.

India's Female Entrepreneurs: Trail Blazing A Path Of Opportunity

Cherie Blair | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK
Cherie Blair

India has one of the lowest rates of female labour force participation in the world - ranked 120 out of 131 countries by the International Labor Organization. More alarming still, this rate is in decline. Furthermore, the dearth of women in the labour market is a heavy drag on India's GDP, with India's economic growth rate now the lowest it's been in two years.

The Reality Of The Rich List

Dr Wanda Wyporska | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK
Dr Wanda Wyporska

The real question we should be asking is not whether vast new wealth is being created, it's whether this is a system that benefits the many, and what, on reaching such dizzying heights, we should ask of those at the top.

Britain In 2022: Five Predictions Of A 'Strong And Stable' Future

Robin Bunce | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Bunce

May is, no doubt, sincere in her desire to end poverty and extend opportunity, but her policies are no antidote to Britain's entrenched problems.

Election 2017: Winners And Losers

Robin Bunce | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Bunce

Elections create winners and losers. Politicians like to claim that their policies will benefit everyone, '[e]very person, every family, every business, every community the length and breadth of the United Kingdom - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland', to quote Theresa May. Sadly, this isn't the case.

The Gender Pay Gap Problem: Why We All Need to Stand Together

Samantha Webb | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Samantha Webb

The gender pay gap is real. The gender pay gap is a real problem. And the gender pay gap goes much deeper than just giving women a pay rise. This is a struggle that needs to be fought on many fronts, and it is a struggle that needs us all to play an active part. The government legislation to force companies to report their gender pay gap is only the start.

Diversity: More Than Just A Buzzword

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

Diversity is the buzzword in everything from workshops to expos and conferences and everything in-between, but what about in the workplace? It's all too easy to get execs to give talks and bold statements or host glitzy awards about the importance of diversity and yet it's still so difficult to find actual examples of growth and success.

Why We're Not Equal- A Controversial Look At Gender Inequality

Deb Bunn | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Parents
Deb Bunn

It's now 3am and she's awake again. It must be her teeth. I read somewhere that the pain can be worse at night. But baby M doesn't want Calpol. It takes me 45 minutes to coax it into her and 15 minutes later she's back in her cot and I'm crawling into bed. Mr MBAW is snoring.

Will Universal Income Be The Cure To Poverty?

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

In a chaotic world of dividing political views and rising inequality, it comes as no surprise that the term universal basic income has been thrown around incessantly in an attempt to see it as the missing 'cure' to the mess in some of the world's leading economies.

Long Live The Lights Of Soho

Tim Arnold | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Tim Arnold

We love change.  And Soho has always changed.  But it has changed because of the diversity of income groups all rubbing along together at once.  And of course we already have one Mayfair.  No one needs another one in the centre of London.

'Working Mums': Why The Term Is Meaningless

Nicola Wiggins | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Parents
Nicola Wiggins

I've been back at work for two weeks and already I can feel the old syndrome is kicking in: destroying my posture by slouching forward onto my desk, resisting the need for caffeine, every hour, on the hour, feeling the urgency in every single task.

We Are Not Equal

Melissa Kirwan | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Melissa Kirwan

In light of the recent well-documented American Presidency news, it seems appropriate to acknowledge the profound change Trump is bringing to the world. Specifically, the reaction he's evoked in those concerned with women's rights.

Eight People Own As Much As Than Half The Planet - Time For Common Sense And Decency To Be Put Back Into How We Run Our Economies

Katy Wright | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK
Katy Wright

Even as a veteran of numerous Oxfam global inequality reports I was shocked when our latest research found that just eight individuals own the same wealth as the poorest half of the planet. That's 3.6 billion people. This year better data, particularly in Asia, shows that the world's poorest have even less than we thought - and the inequality crisis is far worse than we feared.

Democracy Demands a Richer Britain

Jem Bendell | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jem Bendell

Members of Parliament don't need to have all the answers. Better if they don't. But the onus is on them - as elected representatives - to start an urgent conversation with people about how to reshape our economy for a richer Britain. If citizens sense this could be the beginning of a new participation, then 2016 could yet go down in history as the start of a revival of Western democracy.

Young Female Apprentices Earn £2,000 Less A Year Than Men

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

Today is Equal Pay Day and, for the rest of the year, women in the UK will effectively be working for free thanks to the gender pay gap. The full-time...

The Inequality Of Internships

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Danielle Cuaycong

The lack of social mobility is apparent in the UK and although the effects of not having an internship may not be immediately evident, the fact that there is a disparity in the ability to receive internships as a result of differences in socio-economic backgrounds its an indication of inequality itself in this country.

Is Private Tutoring To Blame For Educational Inequality?

Alex Dyer | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Alex Dyer

Private Tutoring on the Rise Recent reports have claimed that over 25% of state-educated 11 to 16-year-olds have enlisted the help of a private tutor...

Equality Between Generations Is In Terminal Decline In Britain

Chris King | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Politics
Chris King

People born in the early 1980s have almost half the average median household wealth of those born a decade earlier, according to a report released on ...

Mental Health, The Gender Factor

Arthur Peirce | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Countless numbers of people worldwide suffer with some kind of mental health problem; roughly one in four. However there is a notable but hidden disparity between male and female sufferers.

The United Kingdom Is United in Name Only

Shazia Awan | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Politics
Shazia Awan

We shouldn't aim to be "tolerant." Tolerance is not good enough. Let acceptance and fairness be our goals. We must overcome the unease of talking about race honestly and bypass this hideous false sense of cultural sensitivity and political correctness. It's taken us backwards, not forwards.

Brexit - Time to Get Serious About Compassion

Izzy McRae | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

So last week I wrote about how to cope with other people's negative emotions. The following day, the Brexit result was announced. The result packed such a big emotional punch that even though I normally try to keep out of politics, I felt I had to write about it. Brexit shows how difficult it can be to remain compassionate and balanced in response to a slew of anger and hatred.

Post-Brexit: Tackling of Inequality and Hatred Must Be Priorities

Qari Asim | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Qari Asim

There is no doubt that the repercussions of this historic vote will be felt for many years, and potentially decades, to come. But this decision of over 17 million people must be respected and we must remain positive. Now is not the time for fall outs. Unity, stability, reconciliation and tackling of inequality and bigotry must be our priorities post-Brexit.

If I Live to 96

Darren Hall | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK
Darren Hall

My nan died last week, age 96; a 'good innings' as they say. According to best estimates, when she was born she joined approximately 1.8bn people alive that day, and when she died she left behind 7.3 bn. That is over 4 times the population in less than a century; the proverbial population 'hockey stick' after thousands of years of a straight line.

I Don't Believe in Equal Pay - Here's Why

Simon Cohen | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK
Simon Cohen

The World Economic Forum says that the gender pay gap won't close completely until 2133. But recent events might change that. With the outcry followi...