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.

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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
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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

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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

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


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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Incomes increased for the richest last year, but fell for everyone else

Incomes increased for the richest fifth of the population last year, but fell for everyone else

The richest fifth of the UK population saw their incomes increase by £940 in 2013. But incomes were down by £250 for the other 80% of the population... and by £381 for the poorest fifth.

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Explaining the data
This data compares the ‘equivalised disposable household income’ for 2011/12 and 2012/13. It was published by the Office for National Statistics as part of ‘the effects of UK tax and benefits on household income 2012/13 study.’ ONS have found that the recession did have a small effect on reducing inequality, but it now looks as though inequality maybe set to increase. The figures are available online via http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-333039 


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Friday, 1 August 2014

Race equality activists and campaigners demand better political leadership on issues such as race equality and immigration.

Open letter
In an unprecedented move race equality activists and campaigners have written to each of the main party leaders to demand better political leadership on issues such as race equality and immigration.
Tackling race inequality has all but fallen off the political agenda and the Immigration debate can only be characterised as a race to the bottom of a dirty barrel. The signatories also lament the silent, self-imposed toothless Equality and Human Rights Commission. Please feel free to join the debate and put your name to the list of signatories. To add your name email: razia63@hotmail.co.uk

See also:
http://blackactivistsrisingagainstcuts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/press-release-open-letter-about-racism.html

http://www.obv.org.uk/news-blogs/uk-political-leaders-don-t-shame-us

http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/news/2014/race-equality-organisations-call-party-leaders-raise-tone-public-discussion

Dear Mr. Cameron, Mr Miliband, and Mr Clegg,
We are proud to live in a diverse Britain. Our society is more vibrant, dynamic and creative: our lives and values are richer for it. It is the reason behind London’s commercial success and why we secured the 2012 Olympics.
How quickly pride turns to shame.
We are now deeply worried about race relations, the rising tide of Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment, which are fuelled by the open disdain shown by many politicians for policies which promote a more equal and inclusive society. We are ashamed of:-
  • ‘Go home’ immigration vans
  • the vilification of migrant workers
  • the persistent linking of Muslim communities with violent extremism
  • the ‘British’ values agenda
  • institutional tolerance of celebrity racism
  • the refusal of political leaders to challenge hostile attitudes to particular sections of the black and other minority ethnic communities.
The reins on racist behaviour have been loosened: anti-immigrant and Islamophobic fervour, propagated by certain sections of the media and some politicians are in danger of unwittingly – and at times wittingly - inciting racial hatred. It is now open season for racists.
There is an Equality and Human Rights Commission, but it is silent, weak, aloof and ineffective. There is a Government Equalities Office but it has no vision for an inclusive society beyond women on boards. There are political leaders but no leadership.
This toxic environment is damaging British society and, potentially, its international reputation. We urge you to take immediate action to avoid serious harm to community relations by:
  • a commitment not to use the politics of ‘difference’ to marginalise communities
  • the release of the GEO Programme Fund to projects which promote good relations
  • a manifesto commitment to implementing a race and good relations strategy
  • restoring the power to promote good relations to the Equality and Human Rights Commission and ensuring that the EHRC uses its powers effectively.
Above all, we ask you not to choke the voice of reason and tolerance.
And, in case you think we do not matter, remember that the ethnic minority vote matters in key marginal constituencies.
Yours sincerely,
Organisations:
Zita Holbourne Co-Founder, BARAC
Sado Jirde, Director, Black South West Network
Belfast Migrant Centre
Tony Lindsay Project Manager, CHESS
Serah Kimuyu, Advice and Support Officer, Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (CSREC)
Professor Nira Yuval Davis, Director, The Centre for Research on Migration Refugees and Belonging, University of East London
Sarah Soyei, Head of Partnerships, EqualiTeach
Karen Chouhan Founder and Director Equanomics UK
Sameena Choudry Founder, Equitable Education
Chris Whitwell Director, Friends, Families and Travellers
Kamaljeet Jandu, National Officer, GMB
Robin Richardson Director, Insted Consultancy
Liz Fekete Executive Director, Institute of Race Relations
Ratna Lachman Director JUST West Yorkshire
Peter Williams, Chair, Kingsgate Community Centre
Don Flynn, Director, Migrant Rights Network
Suresh Grover Founder and Director,The Monitoring Group
Patrick Yu, Director, Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities,
Paul Crofts, Vice Chair, Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council
Janie Codona MBE One Voice 4 Travellers Ltd
Simon Woolley, Director, Operation Black Vote
Andy Gregg, Chief Executive, Race On The Agenda
Omar Khan, Director, The Runnymede Trust
Peter Herbert, Chair, The Society of Black Lawyers
Joy Warmington, CEO, Birmingham Race Action Partnership
Individuals:
Olu Alake
Mohammed Aziz
Maud Blair
Ralph Braunholtz
Liz Brooker
Barbara Cohen
Dr. Tony Cotton
Dr. Jacqui Cousins
Lindsay Edkins
Angela Crum Ewing
Alison Graham
John Haywood
Ibrahim Hashi Jama
Makbool Javaid
Saleema Karim
Jane Lane
Harmesh Lakhanpaul OBE
Esther Maynard,
Mahalia France Mir
Rehana Minhas
Sarah McMurchie
Leander Neckles
Graham O’Neill
Brenda Parkes
Phil Pavey
Constantia Pennie
Professor Andy Plikington
Anthony Robinson
Pamela Strangman
Professor Sally Tomlinson
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Increasing family incomes improves children’s achievement in school

Raising household incomes by £1,000 would lead to better outcomes for poorer children than spending an extra £1,000 per child on schools

 Research shows that increasing family incomes improves school achievement
To download the full pdf, click here

Explaining the data
Academics from the London School of Economics analysed over 30 different studies from across the world measuring the effects of income on children’s school achievement, cognitive development and other health and social issues. These studies found an improvement of between 5% and 27% of a standard deviation in children’s cognitive outcomes associated with an increase in their families’ income equivalent to about £900. This represents similar value to the estimates of an increase in £1,000 spending per child on schools. To read the full report, visit http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/does-money-affect-childrens-outcomes


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