Income Inequality

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?

Jon Young | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Jon 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.

'Skint' Vs 'Posh People' - Inequality and the Great Class Divide

Becky Hopper | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

With 'Posh People' - based on the readership of Tatler magazine - on one channel and 'Skint' on another, it's probably time to address the growing inequality and the huge class divide...

Russell Brand Re-Branded

Aaron Vallely | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Vallely

Brand has not all the answers, nor does he claim to, but he has heart, sense, influence, and energy. Brand has re-Branded himself, and now he is re-Branding politics and activism, then selling it to young people so they will understand better that their society and its future is in their hands

In-Work Poverty Is Something We Must Do Our Utmost to Eradicate

Christian Wolmar | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Wolmar

The UK is the sixth largest economy in the world by GDP. London is booming and is the pick of Europe for the headquarters of some of the world's biggest companies. In that context it is simply unacceptable to see how many people are being trapped by low pay.

Let Them Eat Cake - Celebrating the End of Social Justice

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

If someone is in need then it is right to respond to that need - food banks are a great example of how ordinary people can make a difference in the face of growing social injustice. In fact one of my favourite organisations in Britain does respond to need in that way...

Asa Bennett

BoJo Thinks British Rule Would Have Made Everything Better

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has suggested that many countries are unlucky to have missed out on the "benefit of British rule". The London Mayor made his provocat...

Time to Even Up Extreme Gap Between Rich and Poor

Emma Seery | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK
Emma Seery

Our report sets out some very clear specific actions that will help close the gap. We want all governments to commit to a shared goal to tackle extreme inequality, a commitment to prioritise tackling inequality when making policy choices. This has failed to happen in recent decades.

London's Next Mayor Should Be an Activist for a More Equal London

David Robinson | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
David Robinson

Whoever takes over from Boris should take heart from de Blasio's victory and be bold. This is not quick-fix politics: it calls for sustained stewardship of our city and its economy. But a brave mayor could lead that conversation, challenge the orthodoxy and change not just London but the national trajectory too.

Subsidising Social Apartheid

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

We live in an era of profound and increasing inequality, at the heart of which is inequality in education. For any nation truly committed to creating a fairer and more equal society, private schools have no place... Private schools are at the very heart of a society divided by inherited wealth and privilege.

When Systems Kill our Youth

Daniel Weeks | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Daniel Weeks

When one black boy like Michael Brown is shot and killed by the police, it is a tragedy. When hundreds of black youths in their teens and twenties are shot by the police each year, it is an outrage.

By 'Feminism', Do You Mean 'Egalitarianism'?

William Martin | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Martin

The feminist debate has been written in so many ways, in so many forms, that it is impossible to fathom. But for all the white, Western, masculine tendons that press this article to life, I would classify myself as a 'feminist'.