income inequality

Inequality slows economic growth

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development released a report on Tuesday suggesting that higher levels of inequality slow economic growth, reports The Guardian. The research analysed data from all 34 of its wealthy member states. 

It estimates that if UK inequality had not increased in recent decades the economy would be 20% bigger. In contrast, lower levels of inequality in Spain, France and Ireland boosted their economies before the recession.

Reducing the numbers in custody: looking beyond criminal justice solutions

At a time of spending cuts and continued increases to inequality, a new report argues the prison population is likely to rise further, despite the coalition's expressed aim to contain and manage prison numbers. Reducing the numbers in custody argues that the key levers for reducing record high prison numbers are located in wider social and economic policy and not in changes to community sentences or reforms to criminal justice policy.

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