Income Inequality

Heads of IMF and World Bank Must Support a Global Goal to End Extreme Inequality

Max Lawson | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK
Max Lawson

Just how serious are the World Bank and IMF about tackling the scourge of extreme inequality? The question is an important one. Through their financial power and their thought leadership, these two institutions still have major influence over the policies of governments across the world.

Budget 2014: George Osborne's Chutzpah on Inequality

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The chancellor said income inequality is falling.. and, astonishingly, he's right. But he can't take credit for it - oh, and it's about to start rising again. So why did Ed Miliband let him get away with it?

Deeply Divided Britain

Ben Phillips | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Phillips

Today Oxfam published some shocking figures that show just how deeply divided Britain is. Just five families have more wealth than the poorest 20 percent of the entire UK population. That's nearly 13 million people, the same number as those officially classed as living below the UK poverty line.

How Did The Five Wealthiest UK Families Get So Rich?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK

The UK's five wealthiest families are richer than the poorest fifth of the entire country, 12.6 million Britons, new research by Oxfam has shown. I...

These Five British Families Have More Money Than The 12.6m Poorest Combined

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK

The UK's five richest families have more cash between them than the poorest 20% of the entire population, 12.6 million Britons, with new research show...

In Response to Your Doubts About International Women's Day

Polly Courtney | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Courtney

We already have a great network of organisations and individuals working to achieve this through educational, vocational and mentoring schemes, but more support is needed - both financial and on the ground. We need more men to get involved too, as these are problems that affect us all. Things won't happen overnight, but I believe that change is possible

Jessica Elgot

UN Fears That Next Generation Could Have Worse Nutrition Than Parents | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK

The United Nations is concerned that this generation of children could be less well-nourished than the previous, living in developed nations hit by de...

No Fat-Cat Whinging, Please, Over Labour's Removal of the 'Spare Bentley Subsidy'

Rob Atkinson | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

Oh, I'm sorry - you Tories out there still refer to it as the "top rate of Income Tax", don't you? That's very passé, you know - and more than a little misleading, also. After all, the country's in a mess - substantially more of a mess than it was in when our benign Coalition government assumed unelected power in 2010, actually.

Twin Tracks and Unusual Allies Appear in Tackling Inequality

Andy Wales | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Andy Wales

The challenge is clear, if complex. Income inequality has increased as the world has got wealthier, with GINI coefficients increasing across many countries. But, poverty has also reduced. As Bill Gates argues this week in his annual letter, by 2035 we should have no or only very few low incomes countries left, with many graduating to middle income.

Whose Recovery Is It Anyway? The Appalling Inequality Behind Britain's Two-Tier Economy

Andrew Smith | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

If we were to judge the wellbeing of the nation by the changing skyline of the City of London or the number of designer handbags then we would be on the verge entering a new golden age. However this only tells one side of the story, the other is told by widespread political apathy, increasing household debts and the ever-growing queues at food banks and pay day loan companies.

The Tragedy of Nelson Mandela

Marko Kasic | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Marko Kasic

The biggest tragedy of all is, if we're lucky enough to survive until we're old, grey and wrinkled, and our grandchildren ask us what we gave to the world we lived in, we are only able to say that we took more than we gave. For the man who dies without giving more than he has taken can take no triumph from his life.

The Pope on Capitalism: The Same Goes for Catholicism

Kester Brewin | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Kester Brewin

While Francis' analysis is correct, the problem is that capitalism is not the only system that acts in this way: religions - Catholicism included - also create problematic demands on us. Indeed, one could argue that the idea of God could be seen as an infinite demand: if God has said, for example, that being gay is sinful or having women leaders is wrong, who are we to even begin to argue?

Dysfunctional Capitalism - Obscene Wealth and Grinding Poverty Side by Side

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Adnan Al-Daini

You don't have to be a Marxist to feel a sense of outrage at these statistics. I trust that most of us with an ounce of sympathy for the suffering of fellow human beings would sense that the global economic system that engineers such disparity in the way people live is dysfunctional and requires serious reforms.

Three Ideas to Help Russell Brand Become Prime Minister

Will Bancroft | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Will Bancroft

Russell Brand for PM some shout and if he's ever to seize the keys to Number 10, here are three ideas I think could help him solve some of his major grievances with the world today.

World's Wealthy One Percent Highlights Extreme Inequality

Max Lawson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Max Lawson

One percent of the world's population own half of the world's wealth. Meanwhile, the poorest people on earth, who constitute two thirds of the world's population, own just 3% of the world's wealth. This is clearly nuts. This hasn't happened overnight. The global disparity between incomes has been spiralling out of control over the last few decades.

US Government Shutdown - The Roots of Discontent

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

On the U.S. government shutdown, it can be hard to pick your way through the millions of words of blather and blame. For anyone who's still paying attention, there are deep roots to the problem.

Post 2015 at the UN: A Unified Approach for Equality

Silvia Stefanoni | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK
Silvia Stefanoni

Together with migration, urbanisation, climate change and population growth, ageing is a transformative phenomenon affecting our world. One of the effects of rapid population ageing across the world is that we are entering the era of the 'age bulge', when the older population increases in size relative to younger people.

And The Rich Get Richer.....

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

If you are a middle-aged home owner in, for example, London, and you are in a decent job with security then perhaps you will have reason to be cheerful. As the pop tune now more associated with a certain particle physicist suggests, 'things [probably] can only get better.

Even If Cameron Loses the Next Election - The Tories Have Served Their Class Well

James Elliott | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

A check of the British opinion polls this week showed Labour nine points ahead of the Conservatives, still on course to win a 96 seat majority in 2015 and bring the Tory-Lib Dem coalition, and its plethora of savage austerity cuts, to a timely end.

Welfare Myth Four - Welfare Caused the Crisis

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The myth most often used by politicians to justify their attack on the welfare state is that welfare spending is somehow unaffordable and is to blame for the current crisis. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Cameron's Mask of Anarchy Is Slipping, But Can the Men and Women of England Reclaim Their Lost Liberty?

James Elliott | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

To defeat the coalition of privilege and achieve real liberty, including freedom from poverty and want, we must commit to challenging the wealth of the few at the top who exploit the many below.

What Writers Earn: A Cultural Myth

Sara Sheridan | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

I write historical fiction. I've been a full-time professional writer for almost 20 years. I realized early on that being an author is a hugely misunderstood job. Because there are no pay grades and very little structure, people make interesting assumptions about the profession.

David Miliband: Sorry... But No

David Wearing | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Politics
David Wearing

From the wailing and rending of garments following David Miliband's resignation as an MP this week, you could be forgiven for expecting a state funeral to be held in the coming days. If this is how we're going to treat someone who was never Prime Minister, never Leader of the Opposition, and held one of the three great offices of state for less than three years, then Malcolm Rifkind will be absolutely delighted. Perhaps it's time to put things in a bit of perspective.

It's Not Just the Economy, It's the Inequality, Stupid

Michael Dugher | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

Globally, we have made huge strides in tackling poverty through international development and foreign aid. Indeed, extreme income poverty has dropped from two billion in 1990 to less than 1.3 billion today. And incredibly, child mortality has almost halved in that time. But the gap between rich and poor children globally has grown by some 35 per cent.

Labour Targets Global Inequality

PA | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

Labour has put a commitment to tackling global inequality at the heart of its vision for a "social contract without borders" to drive international de...