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

ALL WELCOME

#####

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

To download the full pdf, click here

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 http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/1-27022014-AP/EN/1-27022014-AP-EN.PDF. 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.


****

Friday, 3 October 2014

Most people think significant pay differentials unfair

Most people think pay differences between high and low earners are unfair

To download the full pdf click here

Explaining the data
This data was taken from polling carried out by ICM on behalf of the High Pay Centre. Though polling results depend on how the question is phrased, when asked if they agreed that “pay gaps in the UK are necessary to encourage people to work hard and take risks”, just 32% of respondents agreed, while 55% disagreed. Therefore it is clear that a majority of people think that the gap between those at the top and low and middle earners has grown too large. The results can be found at www.highpaycentre.org 


****

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Most households would be much better off in a more equal society

The richest 1% in the UK have more than double the share of the richest 1% in Holland or Denmark.


To download the full pdf, click here

Explaining the data
All figures for the share of the richest 1 per cent, plus the UK’s estimated total income, are taken from the World Top Incomes Database via http://topincomes.parisschoolofeconomics.eu.
Of course, if measures were introduced to reduce the share of income going to the richest 1% in the UK, then the £1 trillion total income might also change. But the fact that the share of incomes going to the richest people is much smaller in other modern, prosperous societies like Denmark and the Netherlands  suggests that inequality is not a necessary price of economic success. In fact, research from the International Monetary Fund suggests that inequality hinders economic growth (you can read their paper at http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/sdn/2014/sdn1402.pdf). The benefits of reducing the share of UK incomes going to the top 1% maybe worth even more than £2,500 per household.

*******

Friday, 12 September 2014

Pay for everyone, including middle income earners, has fallen since 1994 - except for the rich

Middle-income earners are not getting their fair share of the proceeds of growth
To download the full pdf, click here

Explaining the data
This chart is taken from the Government’s Sustainable Development Indicators published by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in July 2013. You can read full publication online at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/223992/0_SDIs_final__2_.pdf

********

Saturday, 23 August 2014

The poorest regions of the UK are the poorest in Northern Europe

Inner London is the richest region in the EU, but many parts of the country are among the poorest

To download the full pdf, click here

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 http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/1-27022014-AP/EN/1-27022014-AP-EN.PDF


******