The Chancellor, today, delivered a budget which unveiled some targeted spending and reforms addressing the immediate pressing issues of the NHS, Universal Credit and housing. Any good news, however, was rather overshadowed by the bad news on productivity and economic growth. It seems clear that the UK is not going to be able to deliver progress on economic and social inequality - and our shaming levels of poverty - by efficiency and growth alone. Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust commented:
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The Equality Trust has responded to today's Government publication of a Race Disparity Audit. Dr. Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust, said:
"While we welcome additional conversations and publicity about racial disparities and discrimination, we also need to see more action. It's good to see the Government start to take racism and discrimination seriously, but this audit tells us what we already know - that social and economic inequality are rife across the country.
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.
The Equality Trust has responded to the IPPR's report on economic justice, published today. The report noted the UK's high levels of inequality and called for fairer taxation and redistribution of wealth. Dr. Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust, said:
"As this report shows the UK is one of the most unequal countries outside of the developing world. The majority of people are benefiting very little from an economic system that has perpetuated the grotesque levels of inequality damaging our society.
The Equality Trust has responded to today's announcement of Government proposals on corporate governance. Dr. Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust, said:
"These proposals are a step in the right direction, but we need to see far more. Too many businesses are paying absurd amounts to mediocre bosses, whilst ratcheting down the pay of workers. That is why we face such ridiculous and damaging levels of inequality in this country.