UK Inequality

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...

There Is A Class Ceiling In The Acting Profession

Gloria De Piero | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics
Gloria De Piero

It's not just anecdotal evidence that indicates the problem. New figures based on the ONS Labour Force Survey, showed that 51% of actors surveyed were from privileged backgrounds and just 16% were from a working class background. This compares to 33% of the nation coming from working class backgrounds and just 29% coming from affluent backgrounds.

Would You Be Happy Flying With A Female Pilot?

Alex Altman | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK
Alex Altman

I'm about to board the morning flight from Heathrow to New York and I am reminded of a conversation some months ago with a (female) colleague. She told me of her discomfort - I think she actually said horror - as she was boarding a flight and noticed the pilot was a woman.

What Should 2017 Be The Year Of? Removing Inequality

Fran Brosan | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Fran Brosan

It's funny how true the old adage is, that things are like buses, you wait for ages for one and then they come in threes. A psychologist would no doub...

Calling On All Men

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

I know the world won't change overnight but there are some things that all men can do right away. Never agree to sit on a panel where there are no women. Never agree to interview for a job unless there are female candidates on the shortlist in areas of work where women are very under-represented.

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.