UK Inequality

Body Shaming Vs Censorship: The Problem With Protein World's Khloe Kardashian Advert

Anna Tippett | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tippett

However, should we as a society be concerned about the implications of this? Do such adverts really contribute to a culture of body shaming which places unrealistic expectations on young women and girls? And, if such adverts are to be removed or censored, where do we draw the line?

How ONS Family Spending Data Punctures Poverty Myths

Dr Wanda Wyporska | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK
Dr Wanda Wyporska

Anyone who has lived in poverty knows that it is not a life of luxury, but one of hard grind. Millions of people throughout the country are faced with desperate choices, not, for example, whether to buy Nike or Reebok, but whether to pay the rent or feed their children.

David Beckham And The 'Fake' Celebrities

Maria Karvouni | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Maria Karvouni

Personally, I don't believe anything about David Beckham. Through knowledge and experience, I have learned to doubt everything. So, I don't care if he...

We Are Not Equal

Melissa Kirwan | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Melissa Kirwan

In light of the recent well-documented American Presidency news, it seems appropriate to acknowledge the profound change Trump is bringing to the world. Specifically, the reaction he's evoked in those concerned with women's rights.

Urban Innovation Predictions For 2017

Peter Madden OBE | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Peter Madden OBE

What does this year hold for the urban innovation agenda in the UK? Like many others, I completely failed to predict the Brexit vote or the Trump Presidency. But I'm having another go at the crystal ball gazing this year because I still think it's useful to speculate about - and prepare for - the future. So, here are my five predictions for UK cities in 2017.

Let Us Fight Inequality To Create A Better Britain

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

No community should be left to falter in 21st century Britain. Since Brexit, Prime Minister May has been talking about an inclusive Britain. It is time our government comes up with practical sustainable plans with measurable objectives to tackle the inequalities faced by disadvantaged groups like Muslims.

The Urgent Question: How Do We Turn The Voting Public Back To The Centre-Left While Tackling Inequality?

E.P Anthony | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
E.P Anthony

Until the centre-left changes its thinking to better reflect working-class needs, they will become increasingly politically irrelevant, inequality will continue to increase, and working-class workers will turn to parties of the far-right who at least pretend to be listening to their concerns.

Welfare Myth Five - The UK Is Rich

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

When I get the chance I try and show how many of the things we believe to be true about the welfare state are actually myths. It's been a while since ...

Unpaid Internships... It's Still Not What You Know

Sally Holt | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sally Holt

As far as I can see, your ability to write, articulate, heal or lead is not inherently linked to your parents' wealth. It is our society which makes it so.

Widespread Inequality Is At The Root Of The UK's Mental Health Crisis

William Kløverød Griffiths | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Politics
William Kløverød Griffiths

Setting out her One Nation agenda and making a clear break from the past, Theresa May used her first speech as Prime Minister to highlight the need to tackle social injustice. This rhetoric is welcome; but we must also be clear it can never translate into reality if the alarming situation in mental health is not resolved.

A Radical New Alternative For The Cecil John Rhodes Statue: #Rhodesmusttransform

Merel Bekking | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Merel Bekking

The place Since I've moved to Cape Town, South Africa, now a year ago, I've been bragging about what an amazing place this is. There is the mountain, ...

Social Mobility: The Continuing Pressure To Meet Quotas Means We've Sidestepped Our Real Responsibilities

Tania Hardcastle | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Tania Hardcastle

Positive Discrimination was outlawed by the Equality Act 2010. Yet, there remains an incandescent pressure amongst employers and universities to meet ...

Labour's Path Is A Difficult, But Absolutely Necessary, One

Bradley Allsop | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

We desperately need a government willing to tackle the stranglehold a few a have been allowed to wield over power and wealth, and use the resources gained from this to reduce inequality and halt climate change. We have no choice: we have to win these arguments, and we have to win them now.

Youngsters Are Being Demonised For Their Differences - So How Can The Focus Be On Educational Attainment?

Shazia Awan | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Shazia Awan

Over the past ten years, Show Racism the Red Card have engaged with over 100,000 young people. However, in the last two years they have witnessed an ...

Where Are The Class Divisions In Britain Today?

Kitty Ussher | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Politics
Kitty Ussher

The main point is simply that class still exists, that it manifests itself in things that matter, and that the solutions lie as much in regional and housing policy as they do in education and other forms of opportunity. And that this might be a good area for those on the left to explore, and Liverpool is as good a backdrop as any to start that exploration.

Apprenticeships Can't Fix the Glaring Inequalities in Our Education System

Bryan Blears | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Bryan Blears

An unequal access to university perpetuates the inequality in Parliament and our judiciary. In order to shape a fairer and more equal society, we must begin with a fairer and more equal access to education.

Why Athletes With A Learning Disability Should Have More Opportunities At The Paralympics

Stephanie Moore | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Sport
Stephanie Moore

I have trained most of my life to reach the top level in sport, and there are many more athletes like me who are being excluded from being able to compete at the highest level. We need to see better equality for athletes with a learning disability.

May Urged To Tackle 'Fat Cat' City Pay

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Politics

Theresa May is facing calls for tough action on ‘fatcat’ pay after a new report revealed that bosses’ wages have soared to an average of £6m a ...

Healing The Nation? Theresa May And Health Inequalities

Clare Bambra | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Politics
Clare Bambra

So will Prime minister May take a healthy approach to economic and social policy? It seems unlikely given her pro-welfare cuts voting record as an MP and Conservative minister. Likely, there will be a policy focus on interventions aimed at changing individual health behaviours as these blame people for their own health problems.

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.

We'll All Be Losers If We Don't Solve Inequality

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

Equality is better for everyone- it means we live in a healthier, safer and more dynamic society. But social justice will only become a reality if we are all willing to embrace change, and start listening to those who could benefit most from our new Prime Minister's vision.

Inequality? What Inequality?

Dave Clements | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

It is surely more important - especially now, post-Brexit, when the political class is running for cover - that we have a national debate on how we go about building a more prosperous future, not worrying over the dividing up of what little wealth is being generated now.

Why Are White Working Class Boys Not Going to University?

Oliver Beach | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Oliver Beach

Business leaders such as Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson and Lord Sugar either didn't complete or attend university. According to the education-focussed think tank, these boys feel empowered to be part of the anomaly that achieves incomparable success without the higher education experience...

I Was a Victim of Hate Crime for Five Years - But I Didn't Realise It at the Time

Bartek Rzepka | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Bartek Rzepka

Figures this week showed that the number of prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people has risen by more than 40% over the last year. I have a learning disability, and I live in supported housing run by Mencap. When staff there told me about the rise in hate crime, I was shocked but not surprised.

After Brexit, What Next for Britain's Youth?

Amelia Womack | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia Womack

Currently, the EU provides billions in funding for our Higher Education institutions; gives vital support to Further Education; enables young people to live and study across the continent; and creates jobs and training opportunities. Brexit does not need to mean the end for youth opportunity, but there is a great deal of work to be done to ensure that our futures are not damaged by it.