Health and Wellbeing

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) 

Poverty Prevents Child Development

Poverty is preventing some children from achieving 'their developmental potential', according to a new three paper series from the Lancet. It found that while most families are able to provide nurturing care for their children, many cannot because of poverty and a lack of supportive policies. It also found a strong link between children failing to reach their 'developmental potential' and reduced earning capacity in later life. 

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