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Friday, March 17, 2017

Inequality is the Thickest Root of Most Modern Evils Including Climate Change

Inequality is the largest and easiest root that we can kill. The biggest tool we have is the Guaranteed Minimum Tax-Free Income. Social Capitalism instead of Criminal, Corporate, Military, or Neoliberal.
Nothing will happen if we don't work together for the common good. 
Remember that? The ideas of mutual benefit, egalitarianism, meritocracy, and civil responsibility. 

Equal Opportunity and Liberal Democracy



The Equality Trust was launched in 2009 by Bill Kerry, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. The idea for the Trust was developed from 2007, after Kate and Richard secured a publishing deal for The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better (the original hardback title) and Bill recognised the potential for a campaign based on their evidence.

In 2008 the Trust was awarded funding by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust  which enabled the founders to commission a website and employ their first member of staff. The Equality Trust's launch coincided with publication of The Spirit Level on 5th March 2009.

In November 2009, a new campaign called One Society was set up by The Equality Trust and the Network for Social Change. One Society's main focus was promoting policies that would take us towards a more equal society - as well as responding to political developments relating to top pay and income inequality. In 2013, One Society was fully merged into the Trust.

The Trust obtained charitable status in May 2015 and continues to be funded through a combination of charitable trusts and support from many generous individuals and organisations for which we are very grateful.

he UK is a divided society where the richest receive the lion’s share, leaving crumbs for the rest. How did we get to this point? What are the costs of having such high inequality? And what do people think we should do about it?

How is economic inequality defined? How unequal is the UK? How has UK inequality changed over time?

What factors have led to this increase in inequality in the UK?

How does inequality affect the individual, society and the economy?

What do people think and know about inequality?

The most up to date research on economic inequality, its causes, and its effects.

Why is equality better for everyone?

Local Groups

The Equality Trust works with numerous affiliated local groups up and down the UK and across the world, carrying out awareness-raising and campaigning work to reduce economic inequality.
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We have always believed that to reduce economic inequality, a social movement demanding change is necessary. Local groups play an absolutely vital role in making that movement a reality. In their own words, here's why some of our excellent local group members got involved:

​“More than anything, The Equality Trust ignites and fosters the realisation that, even alongside the everyday demands of life and work, we can have a real and meaningful effect on our local area, and as part of a greater nationwide movement for a fairer society. Our relationship with the Trust has shown us that a great deal can be achieved, not through time or money, but with simply the motivation to make change happen.” - Adam, Colchester Equality

"The reason for being a member is simply that we have such institutional and ingrained inequality in Britain and elsewhere today and Equality North West and The Equality Trust provide opportunities to work against such a pernicious situation. I get to spend time working with fundamentally decent human beings who aren’t entirely motivated by their own self-interest and I do it because it makes a difference." - Various members of Equality North West

"You've got to be a passionate person and believe that you can make a difference. I feel I'm educating people about inequality. Despite frustrations I feel I'm achieving something when I talk to people on the stall, even if I change just one person's view." - Pam, Bromley Income Equality Group

If you would like to campaign for greater equality in your local area or region and are interested in doing so with other like-minded people, please get in touch with our Supporters & Affiliated Local Groups Manager, Bill Kerry, at bill.kerry@equalitytrust.org.uk and he will put you in touch with other active supporters in your area.

International Groups


Julieta Elgarte


Dr. Georg Hubmann
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Canada (Toronto)

Benjamin J. Trister
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Canada (Vancouver)

Justin Veuthey


Fabiola Cabrera

Germany (Munich)

Catherine Lodge


Samantha Cheesman


Elisabetta Rossi
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Kenya & East Africa

Joseph Mbugua Githae


Simon Gondwe


Marjan Leneman

New Zealand

Nick Jennings
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Filipe Morais

South Africa (Cape Town)

Adam Bertscher

South Africa (Plettenberg Bay)

Dr Mark Marais

Sweden (Gavle)

Kristina Palm


Balthasar Glaettli

Turkey (Istanbul)

Hülya Baylan

USA (California)

Leslie Lewis

USA (Connecticut)

Richard Duffee

USA (Oregon)

Bob Goldman

USA (Tennessee)

Darron Smith


Affiliate To Us

The Equality Trust welcomes affiliation from organisations or groups (both incorporated and unincorporated) that wish to be fully informed about all aspects of economic inequality and how it affects the society or sector in which they operate (our affiliation scheme complements our supporter scheme for individuals which can be found here).
We welcome applications from the worlds of business, trade unions and the public sector as well as from civil society, including co-ops, charities and social enterprises as well as campaign groups. To affiliate please complete this form and return to us either by email or post.
As an affiliate, you will automatically:
  • Have direct access to our research team to discuss the latest data, evidence and research relating to inequality as it affects your areas of interest.
  • Receive copies of all our publications, in various formats, free of charge.
  • Be invited to at least one affiliates-only briefing and networking event each year with expert speakers.
  • Receive priority invitations and free entry to our high-profile events.
  • Have your logo listed on our affiliates page (which will link to your website when clicked).
  • Receive a number of our egalitarian badges.
Sponsorship Opportunities
Affiliates can also sponsor different aspects of our work at competitive rates, including our:
  • Newsletter - our informative, regular newsletter goes to thousands of people every month, including many prominent politicians, journalists and policy-makers as well as academics and commentators.
  • Reports - our well-respected reports on issues relating to inequality also go to our entire mailing list as well as being transmitted to our growing social media following. Our reports receive regular and widespread press and media attention across print and digital formats.
  • Website - our website typically receives over 50,000 views a month from over 20,000 users. Our affiliates can sponsor our entire website or sections of it such as the influential and widely read “About Inequality” section or our popular Local Groups section.
  • Social media - our very active twitter and facebook pages reach tens of thousands of people including many influential people and organisations.
  • Events - our flagship events Local Groups Day (summer) and Annual Conference (autumn) as well as other opportunities throughout the year are available for sponsorship. We very much welcome discussions around sponsored donation of venues or services in relation to events.
Partnership Opportunities
For those affiliates seeking a more in-depth relationship, we welcome discussions around the sponsorship of staff positions to produce original research into particular areas of interest relating to inequality. We can also provide affiliates with bespoke education and training on matters relating to economic inequality, equality and diversity for your staff, members or other stakeholders. We can also provide speakers for your events, including our Executive Director and various Trustees. These services will be provided at a competitive cost to suit your budget.
For further details about affiliation, sponsorship or partnership with The Equality Trust, please contact our Executive Director, Dr. Wanda Wyporska, at wanda.wyporska@equalitytrust.org.uk

Staff Members

Executive Director
Dr Wanda Wyporska is Executive Director of The Equality Trust and was awarded a DPhil. from the University of Oxford, where she was a  Starun Senior Scholar. She previously led on equalities at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and also worked at the TUC.

Media and Communications Manager
John Hood is Media and Communications Manager at the Equality Trust. John previously worked at the Liberal Democrats' Policy and Research Unit.

Supporters and Local Groups Manager
Bill is a co-founder of The Equality Trust and looks after our supporters and affiliated local groups. Previously, Bill worked as a Company Secretary across the private, charitable and social enterprise sectors, a role he now performs for the Trust as well. He is also a Non-Executive...

Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager
Lucy Shaddock is Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager at the Equality Trust. She holds an MSc in Public Policy from University College London and previously worked at the Institute for Government.

Finance and Operations Manager
Jo is part-time Finance and Operations Manager for the Equality Trust, having previously worked at The Judith Trust. Jo is also a Breastfeeding Counsellor and holds an MSc in Gender Studies.

Board Members

Chair of Board
Sean Baine is Chair of the Board.

Co-founder and Board Member
Kate trained in biological anthropology at Cambridge, nutritional sciences at Cornell and epidemiology at UC-Berkeley, and is currently Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. She co-founder of The Equality Trust and is co-author of The Spirit...

Board Member
Judith Moran is the Director of Quaker Social Action, an East London charity which supports people on a low income to find solutions to the issues affecting their lives.

Board Member
Tom is responsible investment co-ordinator at the International Transport Workers’ Federation. This is a recently created post to support trade union work in the capital markets in Europe. Prior to this he was Head of Communications at PIRC, and previously was a senior policy officer at the...

Co-founder and Board Member
Richard has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality. He studied economic history at LSE before training in epidemiology. He is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham...

Board Member
Zoe Williams has been a columnist on the Guardian since 2000 - previously, she wrote a column for the London Evening Standard.  She has appeared on various current affairs and discussion shows and written for a load of magazines. She was 2013's Print Journalist of the Year for the...