Sir Michael Marmot of University College London, writing in The Lancet, has made the case for putting tackling health inequalities at the top of the political agenda.
In the article titled 'What kind of society do we want: getting the balance right', Marmot outlines six actions that can be taken:
Our Director Richard Garside was quoted on the Aljazeera website on Tuesday talking about what a militarised police force says about society.
Richard explained that the primary role of the police was to maintain social order, not, as is commonly assumed, to stop crime.
He went on to say that:
A report published by Children’s Rights Alliance for England mapping inequalities in outcomes for children in London indicates that children in Lambeth are 30 times more likely to end up in prison than those in Richmond-upon-Thames.
Sir Michael Marmot, who is known for his work on social health, claims that the rest of Europe takes better care of its families and believes the deteriorating public health in Britain is caused by huge numbers of adults not in education, training or employment.
Richard Garside argues that it is the way we organise society, not the levels of crime, that is the strongest influence on our prison numbers.
Richard Garside takes a long-term look at levels of income inequality.
What to make of news that the UK might finally be emerging from recession. According to Office for National Statistics Gross domestic product grew by 0.1 percent in the final quarter of 2009. It’s a recovery of sorts, but one so small that Newsnight’s economics editor Paul Mason was left wondering whether he might have singlehandedly sabotaged it had he eaten fewer mars bars in December.