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Power and Privilege

The richest ten per cent of households receive nearly twice the amount of government public transport subsidy as the poorest, according to a new report from the Equality Trust.
Oxfam’s report today on global inequality finds that just 62 people now have as much wealth as half the world’s population.
Putnam uses interviews with American children and adults, contrasting the generation who left high school in 1959 (when, he says, “social class was not a major constraint on opportunity”) with the current situation in which, according to Putnam, “rich Americans and poor Americans are living, lear
Business leaders in the UK like to suggest that they have a global internationalist outlook; that they know more about the world than those who disagree with them. But once you probe that knowledge, even the slightest bit, it seems British capitalism can be a little bit… parochial.
If newspaper coverage is to be believed, one of the Government’s main themes for tomorrow’s Budget is housing - helping people to get on the housing ladder and helping people pass their house on to their children.
Unions have been in the news recently, with the Trade Union Bill currently in Parliament, and the national ‘heartunions’ campaign this week.
It is generally known that greater democracy is conducive to greater equality but the mechanisms whereby inequality undermines democracy are perhaps less well understood. 
We recently asked our supporters what skills and knowledge they might be prepared to lend us in our campaign for a fairer UK. We received a great response and this one (below) from Clare was so inspiring, we thought we'd turn it into a blog!
Today marks the end of the Government’s consultation on its Trade Union Bill, a Bill that has not been without controversy.
Is a mother who has just given birth and is sitting in her hospital bed, by definition, work-shy? Is a father who raises three young kids full time while his partner works by definition work-shy? If you answered no to those questions, congratulations!


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