This week the newspapers reported that life expectancy is falling or stalled in the UK for the first time since records began, but what are the facts on this? Here are some useful starting points: the statistics are taken from the National Life Tables 2015-2017. The website has details on the methodology. However life expectancy […]
Social media, smartphone and Internet usage is rising in ‘developing countries’ while developed countries’ usage plateaus according to the latest report from the Pew research group. It records that from 2013-2017 usage and access has been increasing more rapidly in developing nations than elsewhere. However its survey also shows considerable digital divides between areas of […]
Launched in 2017 as a single point of access for statistics on global inequality data, this great site is managed by an international consortium of economists including Thomas Piketty. It emerged from the earlier World Top Incomes Database (WTID). Its website states its aims as providing Distributional National Accounts (DINA), that is, to provide annual estimates of […]
In just three working days, the UK’s top bosses made more money than the typical UK full-time worker will earn in the entire year. This is according to calculations from independent think tank The High Pay Centre and the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. The website has a great pay calculator. See […]
Is London the most socially mobile place in the UK? See the latest report from the Social Mobility Commission. This has a geographical mapping of places where social mobility is high or low according to 16 indicators. The BBC has a developed a tool for its website where you can view local authority rankings by […]
Which countries have the most millionaires? Find out in the latest Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report which also has sections on household inequality and changes in income since the financial crash. For a focus on high worth individuals see the World Wealth Report from Capgemini. The Frank Knight wealth report has information on where rich […]
Interesting findings on high levels of debt and vulnerability and lack of financial knowledge among the British adult population in the first Financial Lives Survey 2017 released by The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). It is compiled from consumer researcher on over 13,000 adults. According to the survey 69% of those aged over 75 displayed some […]
Analysis by the Guardian has mapped fast food with social inequality and deprivation. One of the key concerns is that access to fast food will increase obesity. See this useful blog posting by Public Health England The UK Health Forum – Healthy places website has also considered the impact of the environment on public health […]
New From Oxfam and Development Finance Index, a measure of how committed governments actually are to reducing inequality. The CRI covers 152 nations worldwide, measuring government action on social spending, tax and labour rights. The site provides free access to the full-text report and an interactive map of the measures.
Latest release 2017 WIID3.4 A number of new nations and resources have been added to this free database from the United Nations University, UNU-Wider, which offers the public free visualisations and statistics of inequality on a global scale covering the period 1961-2015.