Measuring Inequality

Joint Submission to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on the Introduction of the Socio-Economic Duty in Scotland

In October 2016, the Scottish Government announced that it intended to introduce the socio-economic duty contained in Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010. In July 2017, the Scottish Government reiterated this commitment and launched an open consultation. At the end of this process, Scotland will become the first part of the UK to bring the socio-economic equality duty to life.

Executive Pay - Has the Penny Finally Dropped?

Responding to today's publication of FTSE 100 CEO pay by the High Pay Centre, Dr. Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust, said:

"It seems the penny has finally dropped, and companies are at last beginning to row back on the absurd levels of pay given to CEOs.  This is positive, but we now need to see concerted efforts to raise wages at the other end, and to reduce the obvious gap in pay between male and female bosses.

UK's Extreme Inequality Should be a Source of National Shame

Responding to today's report from Oxfam on international inequality, which ranked the UK as the 17th most unequal out of 152 countries, Dr. Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust: 

"It should be a source of national shame to see how unequal the UK is compared to other developed countries. A lack of progressive taxes and education funding, and a reluctance to fully support poorer families, means top bosses are now being paid 165 times more than a nurse. This isn't sustainable. 

Support for Low Paid Isn't Enough, We Need Inequality Reduction Strategy

The Equality Trust has responded to today's report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on their updated minimum income standard. The report finds that despite an above-inflation increase in the “national living wage”, low-income families are falling further behind a minimum income standard - which acts as a barometer of living standards for households on low incomes

Dr. Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust, said: