Sheffield Equality Group

December update + next meeting

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Meetings
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Meetings are first Wednesday of the month, held at the Quaker Meeting House on St James Street (by the Cathedral), check on the white board on the way in for location. Meetings discuss income inequality and campaigning in Sheffield.

Next meeting is on Wednesday 7th December, 7pm at Quaker Meeting House. There will be a discussion of the Spirit Level and income inequality, with tea and biscuits.

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Campaign
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Act Local and Reduce the Gap!
The national Equality Trust are calling on Councils to help reduce the pay gap, both within Councils and by exerting pressure on private companies. Please contact your councillor and ask them to act.

See more news from the Equality Trust by reading the latest newsletter

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News, Comment and Links
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Chancellor’s budget amendment hits the lowest paid hardest
“Over 75 per cent of the pain of today’s changes to tax credits is felt by the bottom half of the income distribution. The vast majority of these from families with children.” – New Statesman

British pupil’s social mobility amongst the world’s worst
“… children from low-income homes are more than a year behind richer classmates as they start school aged five, a bigger gap than anywhere except America. … In this country, unlike others, the educational achievement gap widens after age 11. As education is becoming increasingly important in determining prospects in adult life, these findings do not bode well for future social mobility in the UK.” – Daily Telegraph

Pay gap widens between rich and poor
“It’s not OK but it’s understandable, it’s not a perfect world. I’m not responsible for making a profit like a company director. But do I think it’s more important to look after children? Yeah,” – Tracey Bush, School Assistant, in a Guardian report on the pay gap

High pay “corrosive” to the economy
“When pay for senior executives is set behind closed doors, does not reflect company success and is fuelling massive inequality, it represents a deep malaise at the very top of our society. The British people believe in fairness and, at a time of unparalleled austerity, one tiny section of society – the top 0.1% – continues to enjoy huge annual increases in pay awards.” – High Pay Commission chairwoman Deborah Hargreaves quoted on the release of their report