The UK is the fourth most unequal society in the world, threatening our wellbeing and undermining our economy. There is growing evidence and increasing public and political awareness that our society is becoming less equal and more divided between the “have” and “have nots”.
As predicted by Michel Young as early as the 1950s these growing social gaps are limiting the potential of millions of individual people and weakening the very fabric of the society we all us of rely on. They include major differences between how much income, social and cultural recognition and respect and power and influence different groups in our society can expect.
They are structural inequalities because they now appear “built into” our social and economic systems. But we do not believe that they are inevitable. So we are working with others through research and practical testing to better understand:
- The nature and form of structural inequalities
- Which are the incumbent groups, ideas and institutions that are sustaining these inequalities?
- How can we best effect change that will be felt in people’s everyday lives?