Presentation on theme: "Growing inequality in modern Britain and its impact on Britain's impoverished communities (Danny Dorling, Sheffield University)………... Fairness Commission."— Presentation transcript:
Growing inequality in modern Britain and its impact on Britain's impoverished communities (Danny Dorling, Sheffield University)………... Fairness Commission 28 th March 2012
National polarisation Regionally the number of people near every person has been falling around Glasgow, in the North West and North East of England (purple) and growing massively in the South East (shades of green).
Local polarisation sharpens
Some evidence of absolute rises in health inequalities prior to 2005
For every age group there is data Sheffield: Road traffic casualties 2005–2007: children aged 0–10 Brightside69 Attercliffe67 Central54 Heeley42 Hillsborough30 Hallam11
In a city like Sheffield the 16+ year life expectancy gap is sustained by continual differential migration
These are not ‘long established’ divides in terms of their magnitude
Divides have been reduced before
Last week’s tax cuts gave each person earning £1 million a year over £40,000 extra a year. Three dozen millionaires were given around £1.5 million (or just one person ‘earning’ £36m).
Within Sheffield from April 6 th children lose up to £1.5million ConstituencyNumber of Households Number of children in those households Penistone and Stocksbridge Sheffield Central Sheffield South East Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough Sheffield, HallamToo few to bereported Sheffield, Heeley Number of couples with children and children benefiting from Working Family Tax Credit and who are working between 16 and 24 hours as of December 2011 Who will lose up to £728pa in WFTC from April unless they can increase their working hours to 24+ per week.
Other well-off constituencies Beaconsfield Brentwood and Ongar Bromsgrove Devizes Elmet and Rothwell Epsom and Ewell Gordon Guildford Henley Hitchin and Harpenden Horsham Kenilworth and Southam Maldon Meon Valley Mid Sussex Mole Valley North East Hampshire North West Hampshire Sefton Central Sheffield, Hallam South Cambridgeshire South West Surrey Windsor (The 23 English constituencies with too few losing to be reportable)
£22.8 million lost to 84,000 children every year in these places - contrast 2595Manchester, Gorton 2660Rochdale 2865Birmingham, Perry Barr 2910Leicester South 3405Ilford South 3475Oldham West and Royton 3495Edmonton 3610Bradford East 3690Blackburn 3740West Ham 3825Blackley and Broughton 3875Birmingham, Ladywood 4120Tottenham 4430Birmingham, Hall Green 4755Bradford West 5270Birmingham, Hodge Hill 5880Bethnal Green and Bow 6070Poplar and Limehouse 6120East Ham 7535Hackney North and Stoke Newington ……The 20 worse-hit areas
However, A 50% stake in Meadowhall shopping centre sold for £588m in Question: How much profit A year has to be extracted to justify a value of £1.17bn? Answer, a lot more than £22.8m
In more equitable countries the felt need to consume is less so less is wasted and thrown away
In some affluent countries the top 1% have never had less than they have today And the trains still run on time. And they still have bankers and industry.
It’s remarkable how hard organisations find it to think what they should do about inequality