Income Inequality

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 27.05.2016 | 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 13.04.2016 | 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...

The Panama Papers Show That There's Enough Money to Solve the World's Problems - It's Just in the Wrong Hands

Bradley Allsop | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The money we desperately need to fix the world's growing problems is there, but we have an economic and political system that ensures it stays in the wrong hands, for a reason no more noble than greed. A better world is possible, but only by challenging the dominance and privilege of the rich.

How Cities Can Tackle Poverty

George Ferguson | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Politics
George Ferguson

Our city should look to a cocktail of issues to address social inequality rather than resorting to just one, two or three because, as research and experience shows, the causes of poverty and deprivation are enormously complex. Bristol needs leadership that not only understands this but is prepared to see the necessary action through to craft a pathway to much greater equality of opportunity for all.

What Would You Do If Your Wealth Were $28Billion?

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What sort of system have we created that relentlessly siphons wealth from the poor to the richest 1%, and in the process deprives humanity of the resources that could bring happiness, contentment and joy to billions of people? When, oh when, will world leaders take concrete steps to remedy this injustice and unfairness?

The Myths That Justify Inequality Are Harming Us All

Bradley Allsop | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

One day we will look back on the myths that propped up this system with the same incredulity and scorn that we now do of claims of a superior race or race- the sooner that day comes, the better it will be for all of us.

Why Feminism Isn't Just A Passing Trend

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

Aside from becoming more inclusive (and ensuring we address the issues that face modern men- be that balancing work with parenthood or the pressure to conform to the 'gym body' aesthetic) - it's important that feminism doesn't feel like just another trend.

Does Having Money Make You Happy?

Kitty Ussher | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK
Kitty Ussher

It looks like there is good news for people out there stuck in the rat race and wondering what it's all about, apparently there is a connection between affluence and happiness. So don't chuck in the day job quite yet then.

Democracy in Action? Perish the Thought

Darren Hall | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK Politics
Darren Hall

Irrespective of whether there is a direct causal link to policy changes in the UK, evidence of homelessness would seem to indicate there is a growing problem. By evidence I mean I can see it with my own eyes. There are many more sleeping rough in Bristol this year than last.

Effective Altruism Is Good - Changing the System Is Better

Harriet Lamb | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Effective altruism, the smarter way to do charity, is trending. The essence, as argued in William MacAskill's new book Doing Good Better, is to put your money where it will have the greatest impact in terms of lives saved or significantly improved.

Warming Up for the Headline Act in New York

Harriet Lamb | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

For every headline act there's a supporting artist. Even the biggest names have started out as warm-up acts: early in his career, Elvis opened for Bill Hayley, and the Beatles once settled for fourth slot on tour. So it is at the United Nations in New York this week, where delegates meet ahead of the main event: the much-heralded UN summit on Sustainable Development at the end of September.

Inequality Under the Tories

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

In times of austerity, such policies inexorably exacerbate the already alarming issue of inequality. Britain is currently the only G7 country with wider inequality than at the turn of the century. Right now, the top ten percent own over fifty-four percent of Britain's wealth and Britain's five richest families own more wealth than the bottom twenty percent.

Inclusive Capitalism: People Should Replace Profit as the Bottom Line

Mark Goldring | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Goldring

As Mark Carney and others have said, greater fairness is needed, because without it, the social contract that binds us together is weakened. When people feel that the playing field is far from level, that the rules are rigged by those with power and influence to work against them and their children, society begins to feel the strain.

Can Understanding How We Evolved Solve Inequality?

Jonathan Young | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Jonathan Young

When we create this environment, the corporate machine will begin to meet the market need. Of course, none of this will happen possible without a government that endorses it. And government will only do what we tell it to. So let's take every opportunity we can to make sure our voice is heard.

The Tories Are Set to Destroy Our Country: I Won't Just 'Get Over' That

Bradley Allsop | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The Conservatives have won this election by painting all deviations from their 'long-term economic plan' as absurd and dangerous, aided by a Labour Party utterly unable to form a counter narrative, a deliciously hypocritical yet depressingly successful manoeuvre. They have, just as Thatcher did, managed to convince just enough of the electorate that there are 'no alternatives' to austerity, privatisation, poverty and inequality to romp home to victory. This clever ploy may have boosted them to a majority in the Commons, but it'll bring the country to its knees.

Living Below the Line So That Others Can Rise Above It

Jeremy Horner | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK
Jeremy Horner

At emerge poverty free we work through local partners in East Africa to help people lift themselves out of poverty. Sometimes this is through an education project or by provision of clean water, and sometimes it is by establishing a demonstration farm, so that local communities can learn about improved farming techniques and better crops.