Is awareness of what income inequality does trickling up…?
“You get in your car and you think, ‘I’m going to go home now.’ Then you see the big TV and the missus is going, ‘What do you want for dinner?’ And I’m like, ‘What have you got? What are the options?’ And then she reels it off and I’ve just given a bag of food to someone who has no option.” – a premiership footballer on volunteering at a food bank
“Despite spending more, young people today are more likely to live in overcrowded and smaller spaces, and face longer journeys to work – commuting for the equivalent of three days a year more than their parents.” – a former Tory minister on how the housing crisis is hitting each generation harder (The Guardian)
“closing the outcome gaps in education and health between advantaged and disadvantaged groups can reduce inequality and promote growth; social benefits, such as cash transfers can help protect the most vulnerable” – IMF economists on the threat of income inequality (the IMF)
Sheffield Equality Group monthly meeting
7pm to 9pm, Wednesday 4th October, Quaker Meeting House, St James St

Discussing the Question Time card project, the inequality game, and projects for the coming year. All welcome. Free. Donations for tea and biscuits.
Viking Economics
7:30pm, Sunday 15th October
George Lakey explores the inner workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world’s happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes the Scandinavians fought for surprisingly recently, we, too, can embrace equality in our economic policy.
See the Facebook site for more details.
The New Poverty
7:30pm, Tuesday 24th October, Creative Lounge, Workstation
Today 13 million people live in poverty in the UK – one of the richest countries in the world. Investigative journalist Stephen Armstrong tells the story of an unreported Britain and what we can do to stop the destruction of the welfare state.
See the Off The Shelf site for more details and to book tickets
Deprivation and community
“I see a great bunch of kids, who may not have much in the way of material possessions, but who are rich in the fact that they have each other. The sense of community and friendship is strong as they suffer the misery of debilitating boredom together, and my mam documented their attempts to alleviate it.”
Photos by Tish Murtha of the lives of unemployed kids in Newcastle
(British Journal of Photography)
(top image from From the series Youth Unemployment © Ella Murtha)