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If you work how much Councils have had their budgets cut by, and plot that against how much deprivation they are in, you find a strong link. The more deprived the area, the more the Council has its budget cut. It’s not a surprise – many extra grants to help those most in need have been cut – but it’s a signal of how the burden of austerity hits the worse off most.
 
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Forthcoming
Sheffield Equality Group monthly meeting
Wednesday 2nd March, 7pm-9pm at Sheffield Quaker Meeting House
This month we’ve got more practicing of our equality games – prompting discussion and reflection on inequality. Also this month – what is a job worth? All welcome. Free, donations for tea and biscuits.
 
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The Peckham Experiment
Wednesday 6th April, 7pm-9pm at Sheffield Quaker Meeting House
Between 1926 and 1950 the Peckham Experiment was a pioneering medical initiative that stimulated a revolution in the ideas of community health. A community health centre was opened where residents could organise sporting, social and cultural activities. It had the aim of promoting the health of individuals, families, and the community together. Talk by former GP Jack Czauderna, followed by discussion. Hosted by Sheffield Equality Group.
 
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For more on the Peckham Experiment see http://thephf.org/
 
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Banking on Land Vs. Prosperity
Monday 21st March, 7:30-9pm, Sheffield Quaker Meeting House
Exploring a remedy to systemic prosperity problems through film animations and a new game, this workshop will give you a helpful grounding in all things Land Value Tax and explore its helpful banking system with positive prosperity cycles.
 
Part of the Festival of Debate
 
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Aspiration
 
“We can’t keep pretending that our taxes and benefits system is fair when the rich are given all the ladders and the poor all the snakes.  The system doesn’t help the ‘aspirational’ hard-working families we often hear politicians talk about. If anything it’s an Aspiration Tax.” – http://bit.ly/1RqaQcC (Equality Trust)
 
“Who doesn’t want to believe they have risen to success because of their own innate ability, talent or drive? To believe there are potentially more talented journalists, politicians, actors and judges from Manchester’s terrace houses and Glasgow’s housing schemes: well, it’s a recipe for insecurity. Better to comfort yourself with the belief that inequality is really just deserts.” – Owen Jones sets out how inequality selects whose aspirations become reality (The Guardian)
 
“The boys were attracted to a middling position – neither failing or succeeding – and being thought of as ‘ordinary’ by their peers. Yet their schools often promoted an idea of aspiration that was competitive and self-serving.” – the egalitarian aspiration of working class white schoolboys (Garth Stahl, The Guardian)