This is an independent campaign site which uses data from respected organisations, presented in a visual and interactive way, to help raise awareness of the growing problem of inequality in the UK.
Inequality has grown steadily in the UK since the late 1970’s. The share of national wealth and income of the top 10%, and particularly the top 1%, has grown enormously since 1979. We need urgent action from politicians to reduce inequality, because it affects everyone and ultimately threatens our economic system.
Why inequality is bad for us all
Economies need a degree of inequality to provide people with an incentive to work hard. But inequality in the UK goes way beyond the levels needed to achieve that goal. Here are four arguments why inequality is bad for us all – even ultimately for those at the top.
Extreme wealth brings undue power and influence over government, resulting in policies that are not in the best interest of the majority. Examples:
Unnecessary if the govt closed the tax gap!Here’s why
inaction in face of super-wealthy fossil fuel interests.
Makes YOU poorer
Most households could be £2,000 better off per year if inequality levels went back to what they were in the 1970’s. Find out where you fit in, and see the effect of reversing the last 30 years of inequality growth here.
Chokes the Economy
Some are relaxed about allowing others to become enormously rich. But there is a compelling economic argument that allowing inequality to grow too far will ultimately wreck our capitalist model.
Here’s an animation showing how wealth concentration chokes the economy.
Read about negative impacts of inequality on society at Equality Trust. Countries with higher inequality like the UK score worse on 12 measures including:
- Child wellbeing: LOWER
- Educational scores: LOWER
- Mental illness: HIGHER
- Obesity rates: HIGHER
- Drug use: HIGHER
- Teenage birth rate: HIGHER
- Homicide rate: HIGHER
Why does the government allow such extreme inequality?
Inequality continues to worsen and, if left unchecked, it will break our capitalist model.