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.

For more information email: 


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.


Friday, 3 October 2014

Most people think significant pay differentials unfair

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

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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 


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.

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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
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 The benefits of reducing the share of UK incomes going to the top 1% maybe worth even more than £2,500 per household.