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Health and Wellbeing

Major commission launched to look at class inequalities in education

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.

Inequality and mental illness: Comment in Lancet Psychiatry by Professors Wilkinson and Pickett

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) 

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