Income Inequality

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

David Robinson | Posted 28.09.2014 | 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 26.08.2014 | 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 22.08.2014 | 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'.

Free - A Manifesto

Joseph Finlay | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Free is good. We should make as many things as possible free... Everyone will feel more free because of the lack of gates/checkouts and the reduction of the use of money will free our minds from having to constantly think about money.

Why the Tories Have to Go in 2015

Bradley Allsop | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The Tory government have the audacity to parade their poisonous set of policies as a panacea, when really it is just towing the line of a proven disastrous dogma - neo-liberalism... If the Tories win the next election - there will be another recession, and inequality will get worse.

The Path to Better Education in Pakistan

Aaron Benavot | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Improving quality in Pakistan would also be a huge breakthrough. In rural areas many primary schools lack sufficient classrooms to provide a proper five year cycle: In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for example, more than half of the schools do not contain the requisite 5 classrooms (one per grade). If you were a parent, would you send your children to school, and keep them there, if school conditions meant that your children were unlikely to learn the basics?

How We Can Tackle the UK Pay Gap

Deborah Hargreaves | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Politics
Deborah Hargreaves

The IMF endorsed the UK's economic recovery on Friday, but it highlights chronic weak productivity as a potential threat to the upswing. The puzzle o...

Is Business Responsible for Income Inequality?

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

If the CBI and its member companies do indeed actively live up to that pledge without the need for government arm twisting, we can all hope for better times to come.

Why We Need to Tackle Income Inequality in the UK

Deborah Hargreaves | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Deborah Hargreaves

A chief executive in one of Britain's biggest businesses takes home more in three days than an average employee can earn in a year. The pay gap between those at the top of the income scale and the rest of the workforce has continued to rise sharply year after year - throughout the recession and recovery.

Asa Bennett

Pope Leads IMF And Piketty In Attack On 'Evil' Inequality

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics

The Bible warns that money is the root of all evil, and now Pope Francis has gone further in blaming rising inequality as the cause of "social evil". ...

Ideas of What Is or Isn't 'Earned' Will Define This Era of Politics

Jack Butler | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

Bankers get millions in bonuses, footballers earn thousands every week: we all know the clichés. The market says this is what they are worth, but the general public don't really believe that. Do they earn this money, really? Can anyone do a job that genuinely, demonstrably, should produce that kind of reward?

How to Tax the Rich - in 10 Easy Steps

Joseph Finlay | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Whatever the make up of the next government - one thing is for certain - it will need to find more revenue. All parties are committed to deficit reduction, and as services and benefits have already been cut to the bone, the only way is to increase taxes on those who can afford it most. Raising taxes is always politically tricky.

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

Max Lawson | Posted 09.06.2014 | 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 20.05.2014 | 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 17.05.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?