Economic inequality

Labour needs a robust, independent system to deal with every complaint, and a culture where no one is exempt from accountability, writes Clive Lewis.
Jim Ratcliffe – the UK's richest man – ranked at number 52 on the wealth index.
We "enjoy uncommon fortunes, but each of us wants to live in an America that solves the biggest challenges of our common future," notes the plea.
Average weekly earnings in London are 66% higher than those in the North East.
Only with creative, evidence-based policies in housing, taxation, and the labour market, can fairness between generations eventually be restored
We are trapped in a way of thinking that says “bigger is better,” that higher GDP is the solution to our problems.
Whilst the causes of suicide are complex, and individual deaths can rarely be attributed to one particular factor, we do know that the economic circumstances of individuals, communities and wider society is a major influencing factor in the overall rate of suicide.
Even as a veteran of numerous Oxfam global inequality reports I was shocked when our latest research found that just eight individuals own the same wealth as the poorest half of the planet. That's 3.6 billion people. This year better data, particularly in Asia, shows that the world's poorest have even less than we thought - and the inequality crisis is far worse than we feared.
Paying people what is fair and right is ultimately good for business. An additional rand earned by member of the working poor is more likely to be spent in the economy than that earned by a CEO equivalent.
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.