We were pleased to make a submission to the UN Special Rapporteur (Philip Alston) ahead of his visit to the UK this month. Mr Alston is looking at the links between poverty and human rights in the UK and our submission shows a situation in the UK where inequality is worsening poverty and adversely affecting human rights across our society. In our conclusions we note that:
Health and Wellbeing
Commenting on the Chancellor's Spring Statement, Dr Wanda Wyporska of The Equality Trust said:
National Union of Students president Shakira Martin today announced the commissioners who will sit on the board of the NUS’s ambitious new poverty commission, including Dr. Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust. Wanda will be joined by Sophia Cannon, the well-known barrister and social justice commentator, alongside the likes of Debbie Weekes from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
For at least 40 years, research evidence has been accumulating that societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor tend to have worse health and higher homicide rates. More recently, this has been contextualised by observations that more unequal societies not only suffer higher rates of poor health and violence, but also of other outcomes which tend to be worse lower down the social ladder – including teenage births, lower maths and literacy scores, obesity and imprisonment. (1)
Responding to today’s report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) that found poverty and inequality is blighting children’s lives, with those from the most deprived backgrounds experiencing much worse health compared with the most affluent, Dr. Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust, said: