The Damaging Impact of Income Inequality

(from research by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett) :

  • People tend to get judged by what they earn, own and look like
  • Higher levels of chronic stress, anxiety and poor health across society with the greatest impact on those on the lowest income
  • Greater sense of injustice and inferiority is felt by those on middle and low incomes
  • Trust breaks down, society divides, labels and blame are handed out
  • There are higher levels of violence
  • Educational attainment is undermined and held down
  • Social mobility grinds to a halt
  • Consumption levels are higher leading to environmental damage and increased pressure on resources.