High Pay Commission interim report

The interim report of the High Pay Commission ‘More for Less: what has happened to pay at the top and does it matter?’ was published in May 2011.

The report finds that ‘if current trends continue, by 2025 the top 0.1% of earners will take home 10% of the national income and by 2030 we will have gone back to levels of inequality not seen since Victorian England’.

The report argues that ‘excessive rewards are undermining relationships with employees and shareholders; they are encouraging harmful risk taking and creating an economic elite which wields enormous power but appears to have lost touch with how the rest of us live’.

The Commission, chaired by Deborah Hargreaves, is an independent inquiry into high pay and boardroom pay across the public and private sectors in the UK. The Commission was established by Compass with the support of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

The Commission runs for one year from November 2010.

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation review on poverty and ethnicity

In May 2011, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published ‘A review of evidence on the links between poverty and ethnicity’.

The review summarises the results of scoping work on how poverty and ethnicity interact, prior to the launch of a major new programme of work on the subject.

The research focused on:

  • the three main areas affecting experiences of poverty – education, work and unpaid caring;
  • how social networks and place shape experiences and opportunities;
  • inequality within ethnic minority groups.

It identifies key gaps where greater understanding could support more effective action on poverty across different ethnicities. The research also included qualitative research with a number of communities to understand their day-to-day experiences.

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