UK Inequality

Equality In Mental Health - From Intention To Action

Lord Kamlesh Patel | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Kamlesh Patel

The Prime Minister has stated her intention to tackle the 'burning injustices' in our society with wide-ranging social reforms. Any progress made among minority and marginalised groups with severe and chronic mental illnesses would serve her well as a measure of her success in mental health. However, to achieve this, more of the government's well-meaning words and intentions need to become actions - sooner rather than later.

This Week's Race Statistics Are Important, But Let's Use Them To Do More Than Wage Ideological Battles

Chris Murray | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK
Chris Murray

This week the government published a new set of statistics on how ethnic minorities fare in Britain. Predictably, this will lead to a series of Twitter spats, and polemicists on all sides will weigh in, to say this proves what they have been arguing all along. But the value of these statistics lies far beyond what ideological debate they trigger in the commentariat.

The Biggest 'Burning Injustice'?

Anna Dixon | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Politics
Anna Dixon

The Prime Minister in her conference address this week would be prudent to return to the theme of fairness. It struck a chord with people in the early days of her premiership when she first addressed the country outside of Downing Street.

Theresa May's Race Audit Set To Reveal 'Uncomfortable Truths'

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Politics

The results of an audit of public services ordered by Theresa May when she first took office are set to reveal ‘uncomfortable truths’, the governm...

The Tories Are Making Life Even Harder For The Poorest Children, While Boosting It For The Better Off

Lucy Powell | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Politics
Lucy Powell

The facts are stark: by the age of three, better off children have heard 30million more words than their worse off peers, over half of disadvantaged five year olds are not at the expected levels to start school, and how well a child does at GCSEs is still predominantly determined by their development at five years old. Given how well understood this is, how can the government justify a huge early years investment programme which is set to make it worse.

Period Poverty: A Bloody Injustice

Anastasia Kyriacou | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Politics
Anastasia Kyriacou

I will never forget the scene in Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake when the character Katie gets taken into the backroom of a shop for trying to steal tampons because she is too poor to afford them.

Gaming Just Might Be Our Big Win Against Inequality

Ayodeji Onibalusi | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK Tech
Ayodeji Onibalusi

Thanks to the proliferation of the Internet and social media, gaming could go a long way towards ending inequality in the world. Now, why I don't necessarily believe gaming will end all forms of inequality, I believe it will make a great difference -- especially considering the following facts:

The F Word: Why It's (More Than) Ok To Be A Feminist

Celine Bell | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Celine Bell

Twice over the summer, two awesome, ambitious and strong women have said to me, "I'm not a feminist, but..." They didn't get to finish their sentences (sorry guys) because I immediately leapt on them. My husband did his best eye-roll - he's heard it all before - as I explained, slightly hysterically, that feminism just means equality.

Rashan Charles' Case Is Reminiscent Of Mark Duggan's, But Not For The Reasons The Media Will Have You Believe

Sophia Akram | Posted 06.08.2017 | UK
Sophia Akram

Are people being heard? Well we have rising inequality and between 10% and 30% of deaths after police contact are black men. Charles along with Edir Da Costa and Darren Cumberbatch are the most recent cases from the shocking statistics. And a perception that there still hasn't been any justice.

We Can All Contribute To A Fairer Society

Michael Angus | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Michael Angus

I believe we can all contribute to a fairer society. Individuals can help by supporting their local project through donations of goods or cash. Volunteers who can contribute regularly or corporate groups that come for a day make a huge difference and mean we can increase our service offer. Companies can donate unwanted goods to charities, and reduce waste at the same time. All these actions together should not be underestimated, they make a significant difference.

How Product Giving Can Help Tackle Hygiene Poverty In The UK

Robin Boles | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Robin Boles

A reality less known is that before people even resort to foodbanks many have stopped buying essential products such as nappies, toothpaste, tampons, razors, washing detergent and other hygiene items in order to put food on the table.

Why Those in Positions of Power Should Stop Using the Term 'Ghetto'

Basit Mahmood | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Basit Mahmood

Describing an area as a ghetto is also dehumanising, for it allows those in positions of authority to overlook individuals and simply create boxes within which to put communities in. If we wish to create a cohesive society, one in which all are valued, it's about time the negative labelling of areas stopped.

The Facts On Income Inequality In The UK Might Surprise You

Andrew Hood | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Hood

So income inequality has fallen across the country recently, having fallen furthest in London, and income gaps between regions - while substantial - are responsible for only a small portion of inequality in the UK There are good reasons to expect some of this to change.

If Not Now, When? Creating A Social Mobility Revolution

John Williams | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK
John Williams

We know more needs to be done and through tracking and discussing issues we can begin to break down the roadblocks to create routes for success for others. And that's why government, academia, business and the public sector need to align views and best practice. It's a long-term goal and I hope that by 2037 the Commission will be writing about the Social Mobility Revolution.

Why Beg-Packing Is Not Justified

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

Beg-packing is undoubtedly a phenomenon which should stop. Despite the lack of funds some travellers may face, it's the sheer ignorance they approach others in third world countries with that makes me question the moral conscience these backpackers truly have. The issue does not lie with the belief that people should stop travelling if they do not have the financial capabilities to do so but rather, they should be aware of the ignorance they have when they beg to fund their travels from people who need money more.

After Grenfell, Tenants Must Take Control Of Their Housing

Andrew Pendleton | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Andrew Pendleton

The most uncomfortable truth lurking within this tragedy is that there is a stigma attached to people who live in social housing. Narrowly, this means that a discount is applied to their views when they are expressed to the relevant authorities. Broadly it also means that the lives and wellbeing of people who live in council blocks are seen as having less value than home owners.

The Role Of An Active State Should Be At Heart Of The General Election

John Tizard | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

There is a week to go until a critical general election. The electorate faces some stark choices, not least in terms of policies for public services and the taxes to fund them.

Tory Predicament Shows Again Why Social Care Is The Pandora's Box Of Policymaking

Duncan Sim | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Politics
Duncan Sim

There is therefore an urgent need for a national conversation on the boundary between an individual's obligation for their care (and medical) needs, and the operation of the principle of social insurance. The past week has shown the strength of feeling within the country on this issue; the next Government - whichever political colour it is - must not shirk from this responsibility.

The Reality Of The Rich List

Dr Wanda Wyporska | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK
Dr Wanda Wyporska

The real question we should be asking is not whether vast new wealth is being created, it's whether this is a system that benefits the many, and what, on reaching such dizzying heights, we should ask of those at the top.

If We Want A More Inclusive Economy Then ALL Political Parties Need To Embrace Co-ops

Ed Mayo | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Ed Mayo

It's time we established co-ops as a vital tool that all democratic political parties and movements should feel comfortable embracing. If we don't, the risk is that the UK co-op sector will continue to lag behind those in other developed countries and our ambitions for a more inclusive economy will be frustrated anew.

Inequality Gets Under The Skin

Professor Kate Pickett | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Professor Kate Pickett

The effects of poverty and inequality are difficult to separate and are often confused. A research project interviewed poor people in Uganda, India, C...

The Glaring Inconsistencies Of Britain's Approach To Social Mobility Have Been Laid Bare

Basit Mahmood | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK
Basit Mahmood

A lot more must also be done to achieve parity of esteem between vocational and academic qualifications. Student's mustn't feel that achieving a university degree is something they have to do, even if their talents are best utilised elsewhere.

Brexit: An Apology

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

On behalf of my country I want to say sorry to the world, and particularly to all our friends and allies in Europe. It seems we've decided to break our long-standing ties and our commitments and instead do things our own way. By this decision we have made the world a little colder, a little more dangerous and quite a bit more stupid.

Gender Inequality In Sport Is Rife, But Korfball Could Help

Ben King | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Sport
Ben King

So here's a rallying cry for organisations like Nike, Sport England and the BBC looking to champion gender equality in sport -- why not explore the burgeoning world of mixed-gender sports?

It's Still A Man's World: Gender Inequality In The Arts

Nicky Goulder | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Nicky Goulder

Nicky Goulder working with a participant during a Create project Earlier this month it was inspiring to see high-profile and widespread recognition o...