Sunday, 30 November 2014

The myth of social mobility in the UK: the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor


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Explaining the data
This data is taken from a study by Miles Corak, Income inequality, equality of opportunity and intergenerational mobility, published in The Journal of Economic Perspectives, volume 27 number 3, pages 79-102 


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Poorest 80% of population have seen their share of incomes drop since 1979


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Explaining the data
This chart is taken from Professor John Hills’s book 'Changing Lives, Welfare State. Why we really are all in it together’ published by ‘Policy Press’ in November 2014 The figures are taken from earlier analyses by Jenkins SP and Cowell F 'Dwarfs and Giants in the 1980s: Trends in UK income distribution' (1993) and Adams N, Carr J, Collins J, Johnson G and Matejic P, Households Below Average Income: An analysis of the income distribution, 1994/95 to 2010/11(2012). 


Friday, 14 November 2014

Launch of a Northamptonshire Palestine Solidarity Campaign

On Thursday, November 27th at 7.00pm in the Friends Meeting House, Northall Street, Kettering NN16 8DS there be the launch of Northamptonshire Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).

Please support this initiative if you believe in:

  • self determination for the Palestinian people
  • the right of return for Palestinian refugees
  • the withdrawal of the Israeli state from illegally occupied territories 
  • the rights of the Palestinian people to live in peace with justice, human rights and freedom from Israeli aggression
  • promoting Palestinian civil society 
  • opposing racism (including anti-Jewish prejudice) 
  • opposing the apartheid and Zionist nature of the Israeli state 

This meeting is a public meeting and open to all who support the above aims and/or are genuinely interested in knowing more about the just cause of the Palestinian people.

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The poorest half of the UK population have less wealth than the richest 1 per cent

The richest 1 per cent of the population have as much wealth as the poorest 55 per cent combined

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Explaining the data
This data is from the Office for National Statistics ‘Wealth in Great Britain, Wave Three’ report covering the years 2010-12 (the most recent period for which data is available). The report can be found online at


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Public Meeting: Prisoners of Conscience

An event by Wellingborough Diggers

Friday,  November 21st at Friends House,  St. john Street,  Wellingborough. 7.00 for 7.30 start. 

"Conscientious Objection during the First World War": A presentation with words and drama, followed by a discussion of pacifism then and now.

"Extraordinary Rendition": A short play by Richard Steiner providing a darkly humorous look at secret service behaviour.

A free event, but donations welcome to cover expenses



Friday, 17 October 2014

Poorest regions in the UK are poorer than anywhere in Northern Europe

The poorest regions in the UK are poorer than anywhere in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and other Northern European economie

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Explaining the data
This data was produced by Eurostat, the data agency of the European Union. They measured GDP per head in regions across the EU, taking into account the different prices in different regions. The full data is available from We have classed the countries listed above as ‘Northern Europe’ because they are our nearest geographical neighbours and are commonly considered to have similar levels of prosperity as the UK (unlike countries in Southern Europe or the former Soviet Bloc). As members of the EU, Eurostat provides comparable data for each of these countries.