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Universal Basic Income, Racial Justice, Climate Justice

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 27/02/2021 - 6:54am in

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UBI can help create a broad-based collaborative security for present and future crises.

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Why Does Inequality Produce High Crime and Low Trust?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 23/01/2021 - 1:03pm in

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Shuffling of resources so that the worst off are lifted up and the top end is brought down can dramatically increase trust.

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How do we 'build back better' after coronavirus? Close the income gap | Richard Wilkinson

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 26/08/2020 - 6:00pm in

Almost all problems in British society get worse when class differences increase – addressing this inequality must be a post-pandemic priority

The establishment of a free NHS in 1948 came just two days late for my fifth birthday. By the time I’d reached my twenties it was widely assumed to have eliminated health inequalities: almost no one knew whether life expectancy was longer at the top or bottom of the social ladder. Even doctors mistakenly believed “executive stress” was the biggest risk for heart attacks.

As a research student in the 1970s, my attention was drawn to official data showing not only that most of the major causes of death were two to three times more common among unskilled manual workers and their families than among professionals, but also that the gap in death rates had widened since the 1930s. Such large class differences in death rates came as a shock. Full of righteous indignation, I wrote a newspaper article addressed to the secretary of state for health, David Ennals, urging him to set up an urgent inquiry to address these issues.

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Why coronavirus might just create a more equal society in Britain | Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/05/2020 - 8:00pm in

Since the 1980s, inequality has risen. But the pandemic has forced the government to put wellbeing before growth

For those who are cooped up in a flat at the moment with a baby and no garden, worrying about getting the government’s 80% income replacement after losing your job, the lockdown must be almost intolerable. Then there is the rise in people needing food banks and in cases of domestic violence – both predictable results of lockdown. For those working at home with a secure income and a garden, it is much easier.

Governments, careless of the contrasts between rich and poor, always want us to believe “we are all in this together”. In the wake of the 2007-8 financial crisis we didn’t buy it: we remained strongly aware of divided interests and circumstances. However, this time, despite the stark differences in people’s experience, there is a strong feeling that we really are in it together. As with other great challenges, most notably the second world war, the present crisis has given rise to more neighbourliness, sociability and a desire to take care of each other.

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Inequality breeds stress and anxiety. No wonder so many Britons are suffering | Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/06/2018 - 12:56am in

In equal societies, citizens trust each other and contribute to their community. This goes into reverse in countries like ours

The gap between image and reality yawns ever wider. Our rich society is full of people presenting happy smiling faces both in person and online, but when the Mental Health Foundation commissioned a large survey last year, it found that 74% of adults were so stressed they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. Almost a third had had suicidal thoughts and 16% had self-harmed at some time in their lives. The figures were higher for women than men, and substantially higher for young adults than for older age groups. And rather than getting better, the long-term trends in anxiety and mental illness are upwards.

For a society that believes happiness is a product of high incomes and consumption, these figures are baffling. However, studies of people who are most into our consumerist culture have found that they are the least happy, the most insecure and often suffer poor mental health.

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From Jane Austen to haunting memoirs: books to open your eyes to inequality

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 04/12/2017 - 6:00pm in

In the second part of our series, we asked Sarah Perry, Jeffrey Sachs, Sebastian Barry, Monica Ali, Richard Wilkinson, Julian Baggini, Kate Pickett and Afua Hirsch to tell us which titles helped shape their views on inequality

One Christmas my mother gave me Helen Forrester’s memoir Twopence to Cross the Mersey. What timing! I was warm, overfed on mince pies and wearing a new jumper, and had no idea these things made me rich. I suppose I had a child’s sense that some people were very poor, but thought it rare, and it never occurred to me that structural inequalities, unchecked capitalism, and foolish or malicious government policies could topple anyone at any time from comfort to penury.

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Prepare for the worst: this inequality rift will tear our society apart | Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/02/2017 - 8:35pm in

The biggest rise in inequality since Thatcher is on its way, bringing economic instability, poverty, poor health, increased violence and fear among neighbours

Homelessness and child poverty have risen, the NHS is in dire financial straits, understaffed prisons have record suicide rates, the elderly lack social care – yet the rich continue to get richer, and continue to avoid taxes. This is an expression of abject moral bankruptcy.

But, if the Resolution Foundation’s forecast is right, this is just a prelude to the biggest rise in inequality since that seen under Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. And with more inequality there will be a growing need for services of every kind – including more prisons and police. An increasing body of scientific evidence has shown that almost all of the problems related to lower social status get worse when inequality escalates. That goes for poor health and child wellbeing, for violence, school bullying and lower maths and literacy scores.

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Income Inequality to Worsen Under Budget -Senate Report

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George Osborne should be grateful for the Robin Hood tax | Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 02/05/2014 - 1:34am in

The chancellor has failed to block a tax that could halve child poverty and check a bloated financial sector. Brussels is serving UK interests best

You might have thought George Osborne would be glad of European Union moves to introduce a financial transaction tax, saving him from having to grasp this nettle himself. Such a tax, often called a Robin Hood tax, would help to stabilise financial markets and reduce short-term speculation and the dangerous domination of the financial sector in Britain.

Instead, he instigated a legal challenge to block attempts by 11 countries to develop such a tax. Now that Europe's highest court has rejected this challenge, we should heave a sigh of relief, but instead we see predictable hand-wringing over the UK's loss of power. Ukip's Nigel Farage claims the decision shows that the government is impotent in protecting the country's biggest industry from the EU. The reality is that it is Brussels, not our own government, which in this instance is acting in the best interests of the British population.

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The Spirit Level authors: why society is more unequal than ever | Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/03/2014 - 4:30pm in

Five years after The Spirit Level, authors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett argue that research backs up their views on the iniquity of inequality

A lot has happened in the five years since we published our book, The Spirit Level. New Labour were still perhaps too relaxed about people becoming "filthy rich". And there was an assumption that inequality mattered only if it increased poverty, and that for most people "real" poverty was a thing of the past.

But so much has changed. In the aftermath of the financial crash and the emergence of Occupy, there has been a resurgence of interest in inequality. Around 80% of Britons now think the income gap is too large, and the message has been taken up by world leaders.

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