We are a local north west group affiliated to the national Equality Trust.
What are the greatest problems facing our society? Violence? Child well-being, or lack of? Income inequality? The number of people being sent to prisons? Teen pregnancy? Drug abuse? Physical health? Obesity? Mental health? The erosion of trust and community life? Failing education systems? For all of these health and social problems, outcomes are much better in societies which are more equal economically.
Unfortunately Britain, at the moment, has never been more unequal.
The financial gap between the rich and the poor has become unhealthy for us all. Epidemiological research clearly shows that more equal societies are healthier, happier and more sustainable.
In the North West we have communities at both extremes, and many in the middle, but what is clear is that we would ALL benefit from changes in policy to reduce these differences.
This group was inspired by the work of two leading epidemiologists, Emeritus Professor Richard Willkinson (Uni. Nottingham/UCL) and Professor Kate Pickett (Uni. York) and their ground-breaking book 'The Spirit Level - Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better'.
We are an autonomous group affiliated to the Equality Trust. At present we cover the North West area and we are based in Manchester. We hope that over time more local groups will set up in the region creating a strong, well organised network to push for greater equality and to create awareness of the benefits of greater equality for EVERYONE.
Please join us and help to ensure that this happens.'