Income Inequality

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 25.10.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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 18.09.2015 | 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 05.08.2015 | 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 08.07.2015 | 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 02.07.2015 | 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 25.06.2015 | 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 15.06.2015 | 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 14.05.2015 | 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 06.05.2015 | 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.

The Green Party Is Right to Question Growth - It's the Problem, not the Cure

Bradley Allsop | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

If we could replace this growth meme with another, the idea that human, animal and environmental wellbeing are the goal, and that growth is not always the best way to achieve this, we could save ourselves. The question is, can we do this before it's too late?

Should Russell Brand Give Away His Money to Fix Inequality?

Richard Batt | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Batt

The trouble with giving all of your money away in the fashion suggested by Damian is that it wouldn't achieve anything. Sure, a lot of good could come from Russell giving his money away, but the inequality would still be there... only Russell Brand would no longer be in the 1% and he'd no longer have the means, nor the voice, to bring about any change.

Why #GE2015 Is Failing to Inspire

Bradley Allsop | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

Above all we need a discourse that empowers people to the point where they feel they can act in, influence and own each election, rather than just watching from the side lines. Without these things, politics will continue to struggle to inspire the British public.

The Green Party Manifesto Tells the Real Story of This Election

Bradley Allsop | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

You'll see them cracking jokes about plywood and tree huggers over the next few weeks, but they won't come close to tackling the central message of the Greens because they can't. The rich have brought people and planet to their knees, and only the Greens want them to find their feet again.

Why We All Need to Own the 'V' Word

Philip Goodwin | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

This says to me that we need to take volunteering out of the margins and into the mainstream. We in the sector have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine volunteering for the next few decades at least.

Writers' Lament: Conditions Worsen for Those in Britain's Favourite Job

Sara Sheridan | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, wrote a blog piece recently about the disturbing practice arising at some book festivals, where authors are not paid for appearing. Her rallying cry was taken up by the Bookseller and the Society of Authors, which recently published guidelines about the level at which authors should peg event fees.

Inequality and Climate Change Will Define My Generation

Bradley Allsop | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

Whether you like it or not, you are left with a choice: do or die. This is too big for us to ignore, too close to put off- we must act. Mobilise, organise, fight, in any way you can. Already thousands of local battles across the globe are challenging the consensus and changing our fate.

War on the Poor, War on the Majority: 2+2=5, We're Electioneering

Christian Garland | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The war on the poor aka 'welfare reform' is being waged with that much more ferocity and that much more cynicism in the weeks up to the General Electi...

What Has the EU Ever Done for Women?

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

International Women's Day is not just a day for us to reflect on our progress but a day to remind the world of the work yet to be done - that is the message that I am taking up the European Parliament.

Inequality Corrodes - Equality Must Be Pursued With Passion and Vigour

John Tizard | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Inequality is growing nationally and globally. It is corroding social cohesion and democracy. It is creating division. It is also holding back economic development and growth. However, too few politicians seem to regard inequality as important. Indeed, some of the Coalition government's policies have directly increased inequality and there is no indication that the Government has any strong desire to reverse this trend.