UK Inequality

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.

Globalisation Has Supersized Inequality -- Backlash Politics Was Bound To Follow

Ali Reza Naraghi | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ali Reza Naraghi

To add to the full-blown working class revolt against global capitalism -- already stoked by the rapid rise of inequality, free trade deals, stagnant wages, trickle-down economics, and tax regulations skewed for giant corporations and the elites -- we now have Britain's rejection of the EU's single market, an institution that has been in place for decades.

Meeting the Shadow Head-on: Stories to Live By

Roberta Verdant | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Roberta Verdant

My grandmother tells this story from the years before the Nazi invasion of Hungary. It takes place in the small Hungarian town in which she and her fa...

Tackling Poverty Can Heal the UK and Protect Our Standing in a Post-Brexit World

Mark Goldring | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Goldring

The next Prime Minister needs to do everything possible to protect the UK's have-nots from the economic turbulence that is already visible following our decision to leave the EU. For a truly Great Britain to thrive on its own it needs to be a kingdom that is no longer divided so starkly between the prosperous and the poor - one which punches its weight in the fight against poverty in both the domestic and global arenas.

An Action Plan Mixtape: For Remainers, Bregreters and Concerned Brexiters.

Lucy Unwin | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Politics
Lucy Unwin

Stop flailing. Stop feeling impotent. Stop shouting into the echo chamber. I'm talking to myself of course, but I'm sure I've not been alone - hopelessly casting about, waiting someone to tell me exactly what I can do to make this better.

Britain Was Divided Before Brexit

Layth Hanbali | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Layth Hanbali

We know the leaders of the Leave campaign did not have the interests of the poor and disenfranchised at heart. Their stoking of fear and xenophobia attest to that. The disenfranchised were not presented with an alternative however. It is therefore now more important than ever to tackle the issue head-on, and promote a united society, with solidarity at its core.

What Brexit Means for Social Justice

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

If we took these measures then perhaps we could grasp victory from the jaws of defeat. The current Conservative Party may be unlikely to take up any of these challenges, but perhaps others might seize this opportunity.

Brexit - When Did Unashamed Selfishness Become So Acceptable?

James Downs | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
James Downs

Above all, when we think of the history of Europe before the EU and the present-day context whereby global stability is precarious to say the least, we have to remind ourselves when we vote on the 23rd June that the prosperity of our international relationships is as important as the prosperity of our national wallet - that there are some things worth paying for, like peace.

Stand and Be Counted

Dana Alexander | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Dana Alexander

Is it just me or is the world slowly becoming a shittier place? When terms like "social justice warrior" and "feminist" are pejorative, know that you are living in a world that is in regression. I am exhausted by the casual yet subtle racism, sexism and homophobia I see every single day, and frankly I am tired of ignoring it for the sake of grace. What does tolerance and diversity really mean? And how do these concepts shape our ideas and communities?

Building Babies' Brains Through a Better Start

Clair Rees | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Parents
Clair Rees

Infant mental health (IMH) refers to how well a child develops socially and emotionally. Because babies' worlds are mostly made up of their parents or carers, their mental health is heavily influenced by the care they receive and quality of the baby-carer relationship.

Get the Most Out of University - Study a Subject You Love

Karianne Robinson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karianne Robinson

Choosing a subject to study at degree level is the first big hurdle in the university application process. Being able to make a strong, confident decision at this stage can make the whole application process easier and prevent concerns from growing about whether or not you've made the right decision. Unfortunately, it's rarely an easy decision to make when there are so many different considerations to bear in mind.

Educational Equality Is About the Issue of Basic Human Worth, And We Shouldn't Pretend Otherwise

Sally Fraser | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Sally Fraser

I can feel a familiar anger rising, a quickening of my pulse, which experience shows I need to calm. Its not ok to get angry is it? It's, well, a bit ...

World Humanitarian Summit: A Humanitarian Contribution to Peace Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet Lamb | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

What do you have as your screensaver? While some companies allow staff to revel in their favourite sunset snap or their kids pulling hideous faces, others provide the screensavers to focus minds on the top priorities.

Wealth, Justice and Prosperity

Kwasi Kwarteng | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Politics
Kwasi Kwarteng

The success of the so called '1%' - bankers, financial speculators and entrepreneurs who control so much of modern wealth - is clearly visible. But what should the response of politicians be to growing inequality? How can we reconcile the obvious need to grow the economy while ensuring the weakest and most vulnerable in society do not get left behind?

Setting Out a New Agenda to Tackle Inequality: A Response to Mike Savage's Social Class in the 21st Century

Helen Goodman | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Goodman

In a world where the 1% own as much as the 99% and a country where the wealthiest 10% of households own 45% of the wealth - it's clear we are failing on equality. These problems are being intensified by a decade of Tory government. But we need to acknowledge that the problems have been longer in the making and simply reversing "Tory cuts" won't do the trick.

The Fighting Is Over - Now the Real Battle Begins

Rachael Orr | Posted 07.05.2016 | UK Politics
Rachael Orr

It's very encouraging that Sadiq Khan has committed to establishing an 'economic fairness' team in City Hall, which will promote the living wage and access to good quality apprenticeships, while also encouraging positive business behaviour. But economic fairness also means ensuring that the huge wealth of London is used in an equitable way to reduce poverty and support long-term, sustainable opportunities for everyone living and working here.

Council Cuts, Homelessness, and Hezbollah: Prime Minister's Questions, Factchecked

Full Fact | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Politics
Full Fact

We can't say that homelessness has been reduced by 67% or any specific other amount because the Welsh government has changed what they do about homelessness and how they count it. This isn't to say that the changes haven't made a difference; just that we can't put a number on that difference at the moment.

A Fair City for All

Rachael Orr | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Rachael Orr

We should all be angry that such high levels of deprivation exist alongside such wealth in the capital. The new London Mayor must tackle this crisis as a matter of urgency to ensure that prosperity is equally shared and millions of Londoners are not left behind.

One Million Food Bank Parcels for Yet Another Year? Something Isn't Working in Our Society

Sarah Chapman | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK
Sarah Chapman

Today the Trussell Trust reveals its foodbank network provided more than one million three-day food supplies to people in crisis in the last year - even more than the previous year, and the year before that, and the year before that... It's so important because behind these statistics are individual people like you and me, who never dreamt they would one day need to be referred to their local foodbank. Only when we openly and honestly engage with the reasons one million food parcels were needed last year, can we possibly move nearer to finding solutions.

These Shocking Statistics Show British Children Are 'Falling Behind'

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Child inequality is worse in the UK than many other developed countries, a damning study by Unicef says. The UN's body for children found "concerning ...

Response to Lady Corston's Report on 'Inequality' in the UK Schools System

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Freeman

In her excellent, recently-published report, Lady Corston is sadly having to remind us of what we have known for decades when she says that social mob...

The Panama Papers Show That There's Enough Money to Solve the World's Problems - It's Just in the Wrong Hands

Bradley Allsop | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The money we desperately need to fix the world's growing problems is there, but we have an economic and political system that ensures it stays in the wrong hands, for a reason no more noble than greed. A better world is possible, but only by challenging the dominance and privilege of the rich.

We Must Tackle Early Death in Autism

Dr James Cusack | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr James Cusack

The reality is that autistic people are dying far too young. A large study from Sweden has found that, on average, autistic people die 16 years younger than the general population. Autistic people are at increased risk of death from almost every possible cause.

What Made You Think...?

Emma Porcelli | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Porcelli

I know society is changing and there are lots of fathers that get very involved with the childcare and the housework. I know circumstances are different everywhere, but I hope the video that has gone viral will make those see that they can shape the way the future will become for their children.