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The Glasgow Effect: examining the city's life expectancy gap – a photo essay

Documentary photographer Kirsty Mackay examines the causes of the ‘Glasgow Effect’ in a highly personal project. She looks at Glasgow’s excess mortality in comparison to the UK average and shifts the focus from the individual to government policy.The Fish That Never Swam will be published as a book later this year.In Glasgow people’s lives are cut short: male life expectancy in Possil is 66, in Penilee three young people took their own lives within the space of one week this June, suicide in Gla...
Tags: UK, Scotland, Society, UK News, Poverty, Culture, Art and design, Glasgow, Inequality, Westminster Continue, Kirsty Mackay, Possil, Penilee


Failure to enact public duty law 'has worsened England inequality in pandemic'

Exclusive: government urged to activate part of Equality Act that would impose duty on public bodies to tackle inequalityCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe failure of successive governments to enact part of the Equality Act, which would have imposed a duty to address socio-economic disadvantage, has exacerbated inequalities in England during the coronavirus pandemic, a thinktank has claimed.The Runnymede Trust’s report, Facts Don’t Lie, says that the public sector du...
Tags: Politics, England, Society, UK News, Poverty, Social exclusion, Local Government, Inequality, Equality Act 2010, School meals, Runnymede Trust, Coronavirus


'A pandemic of abuses': human rights under attack during Covid, says UN head

Exclusive: Freedoms have been crushed and free speech impeded by governments around the world, says António GuterresThe world is facing a “pandemic of human rights abuses”, the UN secretary general António Guterres has said.Authoritarian regimes had imposed drastic curbs on rights and freedoms and had used the virus as a pretext to restrict free speech and stifle dissent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Society, World news, Poverty, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Un, World Bank, Inequality, Antonio Guterres, Coronavirus, COVID, António GuterresThe


Human rights in the time of Covid: 'a pandemic of abuses’, says UN head

Exclusive: The ‘biggest international crisis in generations’ has rolled back years of progress and been used as a pretext to crackdown on freedoms, says António GuterresThe world is facing a “pandemic of human rights abuses”, the UN secretary general António Guterres has said.Authoritarian regimes had imposed drastic curbs on rights and freedoms and had used the virus as a pretext to restrict free speech and stifle dissent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Society, World news, Poverty, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Un, World Bank, Inequality, Antonio Guterres, Coronavirus, António GuterresThe


One year of COVID-19: What will we learn?

The US is approaching 500,000 COVID-19 deaths. What can we learn from one year of loss and chaos?The lessons are clear. Among them are realizing our fragility as a species, our codependence as humans, and the urgent need to move beyond social injustice and inequity.As with the Renaissance following the Black Plague of the 14th century and the explosive creativity of the 1920s post Spanish influenza, this is our turn to redefine the course of history. Let's not mess this up. It's been almost a y...
Tags: Science, Environment, US, Society, Poverty, History, Earth, Cnn, Virus, Innovation, Inequality, Humanity, Coronavirus, COVID


Ethnicity and poverty are Covid risk factors, new Oxford modelling tool shows

Campaigners demand black, Asian and minority ethnic groups have higher priority for vaccinationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEthnicity and deprivation have for the first time been recognised as risk factors for severe Covid in new modelling, which will lead to nearly 2 million more people in England being advised to shield and 800,000 being fast-tracked for vaccines.The risk analysis tool, commissioned by the chief medical officer for England, Chris Whitty, from a t...
Tags: Health, England, Race, Society, UK News, Oxford, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Oxford University, Inequality, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty, COVID


Covid: almost 2m more people in England will be asked to shield

New modelling identifies more higher-risk adults, of which 800,000 will be offered priority vaccinationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNearly 2 million more people in England will be asked to shield and 800,000 of those offered priority vaccination as a result of new modelling that has identified adults at higher risk from Covid-19 because of a combination of health factors and their circumstances, including ethnicity and low income.Until now the NHS identified those ...
Tags: Health, England, Race, Society, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Inequality, Coronavirus


How Covid could be the 'long overdue' shake-up needed by the aid sector

Analysis: as need outstrips funding, experts are making the case for overhauling ‘old-fashioned’ donor-recipient narrativesCoronavirus – latest updatesRead more in the series: The return of extreme povertyThis year one in every 33 people across the world will need humanitarian assistance. That is a rise of 40% from last year, according to the UN. More than half of the countries requiring aid to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic are already in protracted crises, coping with conflict or natu...
Tags: Gender, Africa, Women, Society, World news, Poverty, Hunger, Infectious Diseases, Aid, Global development, Un, Humanitarian response, Women in politics, Inequality, African Union, Inequality and development


Rishi Sunak is paying Covid bills off the backs of the poor. It shames our country | Gordon Brown

A savage reversal of aid is happening at the very moment people need our help most. MPs must join together to stop itNothing shames our country more than the Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, paying the bills for Covid off the backs of the poor – at home and abroad.He has recently pushed off his plan to cut £20 a week from the already low universal credit paid to 6 million of Britain’s poorest families. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Children, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Poverty, Britain, Aid, Global development, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, Inequality, Global Health, Rishi Sunak


China's Sinopharm vaccine offered to elite few in UAE tourist deal

Knightsbridge Circle offer is first evidence of Covid-19 vaccine being used to attract touristsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina’s Sinopharm vaccine is being offered to a handful of wealthy people paying for access to the United Arab Emirates’ Covid-19 vaccination programme as part of a partnership to “bring tourism into the area”, according to an exclusive London club that claims to be brokering the service.The vaccine is in wide usage in the UAE but is yet to re...
Tags: Health, UK, London, China, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, Emirates, United Arab Emirates, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Inequality, Uae, The super-rich, Coronavirus, Knightsbridge Circle


UK asylum seekers told claims at risk if they ‘misbehave’

Call for Home Office to act after private contractors tell people their applications will be jeopardised for speaking out, going on hunger strikes or complaining about foodPeople held at temporary Home Office refugee camps are being threatened that their asylum claims will be harmed if they “misbehave”, according to testimony from site residents.A series of statements from asylum seekers inside the camps, anonymised to protect them from possible reprisals, allege they have been told by staff emp...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Refugees, Inequality, Priti Patel


The social determinants of health, explained

Social determinants of health, such as income and access to healthy food, affect well-being long before people may enter medical facilities. They're one reason neighborhoods in the same city can maintain life expectancy gaps larger than a decade. With growing awareness of how societal ills determine health, medical professionals and their partners are devising more holistic approaches to health. New York City is a vibrant, vivacious city. No one knows this better than the people who live on...
Tags: Health, Government, New York City, Society, Poverty, Policy, Chicago, Brooklyn, United States, Innovation, Manhattan, Health Care, OECD, Upper East Side, Inequality, Central Park


Top UK bosses are paid 115 times more than average worker, analysis finds

Vast gap in earnings described as ‘unfair’ and ‘repugnant’ by trade union leadersBosses of top British companies will have made more money by teatime on Wednesday than the average UK worker will earn in the entire year, according to an independent analysis of the vast gap in pay between chief executives and everyone else.The chief executives of FTSE 100 companies are paid a median average of £3.6m a year, which works out at 115 times the £31,461 collected by full-time UK workers on average, acco...
Tags: Business, UK, Money, Society, UK News, Pay, Executive pay and bonuses, Work & careers, Family finances, Corporate Governance, Frances O'grady, Inequality, Ocado, Equal Pay


Richest 1% have almost a quarter of UK wealth, study claims

Official figures have missed £800bn of private assets, says thinktank, amid calls for wealth tax to fund Covid recoveryAlmost a quarter of all household wealth in the UK is held by the richest 1% of the population, according to alarming new research that reveals a historic underestimation of inequality in the country.The study found that the top 1% had almost £800bn more wealth than suggested by official statistics, meaning that inequality has been far higher than previously thought. Researchers...
Tags: Politics, UK, Money, Investments, Tax, Shares, Society, UK News, Property, Rich lists, Inequality, Rishi Sunak, Land Ownership, Coronavirus


Cramped housing has helped fuel spread of Covid in England – study

Overcrowding, which makes it harder to self-isolate, may have increased death rate in poorer areasOvercrowded housing has helped to spread Covid-19 in England and may have increased the number of deaths, according to research by the Health Foundation.People living in cramped conditions have been more exposed to the coronavirus and were less able to reduce their risk of infection because their homes were so small, the thinktank found. Overcrowding was a key reason why poorer people and those from...
Tags: Health, England, Housing, Society, UK News, Inequality, Coronavirus, COVID, Health Foundation People


Cutting foreign aid will put girls at risk

Now, mid-pandemic, would be the worst time to abandon our commitment to the world’s poorest countriesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage“The great strategic prize of the 21st century is the full economic, political and social empowerment of women,” said William Hague, when he was foreign secretary. “There are still large parts of the world who are undervaluing, under-utilising, under-developing half their population.” That was five years ago, and there is still a long wa...
Tags: Politics, Education, Africa, Women, Conservatives, Society, World news, South Africa, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Parliament, William Hague, Inequality, Coronavirus


Housing association pays tenant £31,000 over neighbours’ racism

Court found L&Q had misled black woman who was harassed by family and had to flee her homeA leading housing association has been condemned by a court for failing to support a tenant made homeless after a racist campaign by neighbours.London & Quadrant (L&Q), which accommodates 250,000 people across London and the south-east, ignored a code of practice on protecting tenants from racial harassment and was guilty of defensiveness and insensitivity, according to a county court judgment issued last w...
Tags: London, Law, Housing, Race, Communities, Society, UK News, Inequality, South East


The magnifying glass: how Covid revealed the truth about our world

The pandemic has illuminated deprivation, inequalities and political unrest, while reminding us of the power and beauty of nature and humanityRead more about how Covid-19 changed everything in a special supplement in Saturday’s GuardianShow your support for rigorous independent Guardian journalismWhat might be the enduring symbol of the coronavirus that turned our world upside down in 2020? Might it be those Thursday evenings of spring and summer when, at the stroke of 8pm, Britons overcame the ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Inequality, Coronavirus, COVID


Economic cost of Covid crisis prompts call for one-off UK wealth tax

Tax experts and economists outline ‘fairest, most efficient’ way to repair public finances and quickly raise £260bnThe government has been urged to launch a one-off wealth tax on millionaire households to raise up to £260bn in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as the crisis damages Britain’s public finances and exacerbates inequality.The Wealth Tax Commission – a group of leading tax experts and economists brought together by the London School of Economics and Warwick University to examine t...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Economics, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Public finance, Budget Deficit, Britain, Economic policy, Income Inequality, Economic recovery, Mansion Tax, Inequality, Economic growth (GDP


Covid deepens south and north of England inequalities, study finds

IPPR North report reveals few signs of government’s levelling up agenda becoming reality Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 has deepened inequalities between the north and south of England, with little sign of the government’s “levelling up” agenda becoming a reality, a thinktank has warned, in an urgent “wake-up call” to Boris Johnson.The north is experiencing levels of unemployment not seen since 1994, with areas put under the strictest tier 3 restrictions amo...
Tags: England, Society, UK News, Unemployment, Uk Unemployment And Employment Statistics, Boris Johnson, Inequality, IPPR, IPPR North, Coronavirus


Pandemic could lead to profound shift in parenting roles, say experts

Men are spending more time with their children and businesses are seeing economic benefits of flexible workingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe year 2020 has been transformative for how society sees fatherhood, and could produce the most profound shift in caring responsibilities since the second world war, according to researchers, business leaders and campaigners.Research has shown that while women bore the brunt of extra childcare during the initial coronavirus lo...
Tags: Family, Women, Society, UK News, Working From Home, Men, Parents and parenting, Inequality, Coronavirus


Pandemic could lead to most profound shift in parenting roles since WWII, say experts

Men spending more time with their children and businesses seeing economic benefits of flexible workingThe year 2020 has been transformative for how society sees fatherhood, and could produce the most profound shift in caring responsibilities since the second world war, according to researchers, business leaders and campaigners.Research has shown that while women bore the brunt of extra childcare during the initial coronavirus lockdown and are being disproportionately impacted by the economic fal...
Tags: Family, Women, Society, UK News, Working From Home, Men, Parents and parenting, Inequality, Coronavirus


Why the US must break the grip of huge monopolies

According to Vanderbilt law professor and author Ganesh Sitaraman, America has a monopoly problem—a problem that is almost universally acknowledged as such, yet little is done about it.Sitaraman explains how monopolies of today share DNA with trusts of the 19th century, and how the increased concentration and consolidation of these corporations translates to increased power both economically and politically."We need to think about reinvigorating our anti-trust laws and the principles of anti-mon...
Tags: Business, Politics, Law, Government, US, Markets, Economics, Society, Poverty, History, Policy, United States, Innovation, Inequality, Vanderbilt, Sitaraman


'Biggest thing to happen to renters since WWII': why Matthew Desmond is optimistic about housing

Desmond, author of Pulitzer prize winner Evicted, has found inspiration in how US housing activists have mobilized in response to the pandemic and economic crisisThe already acute eviction crisis in the US has been made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis, which has put 30 to 40 million Americans at risk of eviction.But one of the top eviction experts in the US, Matthew Desmond, has found inspiration and optimism in how housing activists have mobilized in response to the...
Tags: Housing, US, Society, US news, Inequality, Matthew Desmond, Coronavirus, US Matthew Desmond


Coronavirus crisis has intensified UK's wealth divide, data reveals

12m adults struggling to pay bills, with BAME people worst hit, official figures showCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOfficial figures have laid bare the huge financial divide in the UK caused by the coronavirus crisis, with one in three households experiencing income cuts, and young adults and black, Asian and minority ethnic people worst hit.In a grim overview of the nation’s personal finances, the Financial Conduct Authority said 12 million adults were struggling to...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Money, Savings, Race, Economics, Communities, Society, Household bills, Consumer affairs, Banks and building societies, Regulators, Poverty, Social exclusion, Borrowing & debt


Revealed: Sheikh Khalifa’s £5bn London property empire

Documents reveal UAE president owns multibillion-pound property portfolio spanning London’s most expensive neighbourhoods The row of 1960s-built houses with untidy gardens on a quiet cul-de-sac near Richmond upon Thames appears to have little in common with Ecuador’s red-brick embassy in Knightsbridge, where Julian Assange spent seven years in hiding, just across the road from Harrods. Continue reading...
Tags: London, Housing, House Prices, Society, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Property, United Arab Emirates, Julian Assange, Ecuador, Inequality, Uae, Richmond, Knightsbridge, Khalifa


Home Office hasn't learned from Windrush | Letter

Campaigners and leaders of community and advocacy groups criticise Priti Patel for the lack of clear and concrete plans in response to the scandalWe are disappointed that the Home Office’s “comprehensive improvement plan” (Report, 30 September) does not contain anything in the way of concrete and detailed plans for implementing the recommendations of the Windrush lessons learned review. The document is long on regrets, but short on specifics of how and when appropriate changes will be made and h...
Tags: Politics, Law, Race, Conservatives, Immigration and asylum, Migration, Home Office, Inequality, Priti Patel, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal


Is the US actually a democracy?

Three essential components of democracy are economic equality, social unity, and a government that acts in the interest of the people. America lacks all three of those components, says Vanderbilt University Law School Professor Ganesh Sitaraman. "In study after study, political scientists have shown that our government is responsive primarily to the wealthy and interest groups, not to ordinary people," says Sitaraman. "A system of government that is mostly unresponsive to the people is not a ...
Tags: Politics, Democracy, Government, US, America, Markets, Economics, Society, History, Policy, United States, Innovation, Inequality, Vanderbilt University Law School, Ganesh Sitaraman, Sitaraman


BAME Britons still lack protection from Covid, says doctors' chief

More than a third of coronavirus intensive care patients are from ethnic minoritiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA third of coronavirus patients in intensive care are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, prompting the head of the British Medical Association to warn that government inaction will be responsible for further disproportionate deaths.Chaand Nagpaul, the BMA Council chair, was the first public figure to call for an inquiry into whether and wh...
Tags: Health, Politics, Wales, Race, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Inequality, British Medical Association, BAME, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Black Britons still lack protection from Covid, says doctors' chief

More than a third of coronavirus intensive care patients are from ethnic minoritiesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA third of coronavirus patients in intensive care are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, prompting the head of the British Medical Association to warn that government inaction will be responsible for further disproportionate deaths.Chaand Nagpaul, the BMA Council chair, was the first public figure to call for an inquiry into whether and wh...
Tags: Health, Politics, Wales, Race, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Inequality, British Medical Association, BAME, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID



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