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Over the last 30 years, the UK has become one of the most unequal countries in the developed world. The growing divide between the richest and poorest in society is increasingly recognised as a key driver of global economic, social and environmental crisis, but politicians are still reluctant to engage with the subject. NEF's research analyses the economic, social and environmental causes of economic inequality, and its consequences.

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Publication // October 3, 2013

Distant neighbours

Poverty is deepening and inequality is widening in Islington. Who will still be living there in 2020?


Publication // November 2, 2011

Why the Rich Are Getting Richer

Economic inequality is a hot topic. Most people are now aware that the rich have got richer, leaving everyone else with less to share. However, most do not know why the situation has got so bad and what to do about it. Tax is the obvious remedy, but in the current context where demands are growing on shrinking public resources, this is not a realistic possibility.


Publication // October 24, 2011

Ten Reasons to Care About Economic Inequality

Inequalitymatters. We often hear politicians talk about ‘tackling poverty’ and the needto improve ‘social mobility’ but economic inequality lies at the heart of boththese phenomena and much more.

Here are ten reasons to care about economic inequality (in no particular order):