Power and Privilege

Government Must Commit to Inequality Reduction Strategy to Address Social Mobility

The Equality Trust has responded to today's report by the Social Mobility Comission on two decades of efforts to improve social mobility. The report shows that little progress has been made on social mobility over this time, and concludes that radical reform is needed to repair social divisions in Britain. Dr. Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust, said:

Housing White Paper - Foundations Laid But More Needed to Tackle Housing Crisis

The Equality Trust has responded to today's Housing White Paper from the Government. Dr. Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust, said: 

"Our housing crisis is a national scandal. Millions are locked out of home ownership, paying through the nose to be trapped in sub-standard housing. At the same time a quarter of the richest 100 people in Britain have amassed billions, in part through their interests in our dysfunctional housing market.

Davos - Richest 100 in Britain Saw Wealth Increase by £55.5bn Since 2010

The 100 richest people in Britain have seen their wealth increase by £55.5bn since 2010, according to analysis by The Equality Trust. In addition, research released by Oxfam today found just 8 people have as much wealth as half the world's population. Ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos tomorrow, The Equality Trust calls on politicians and business leaders to commit to reducing global and national inequality levels.

Analysis by The Equality Trust found:

Equality Trust Response to Social Mobility Commission Report on Social Mobility

A report published today by the Social Mobility Commission has laid bare the worrying lack of social mobility in the UK. It concluded that “Britain has a deep social mobility problem which is getting worse for an entire generation of young people” and suggested barriers to social mobility include an “unfair” education system, unaffordable housing and a two-tier labour market divided between a prosperous middle class and those below on it on low-paid, intermittent or insecure employment.