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Wednesday, 15th August 2012

Inequality and The England Riots of 2011

Source: Equality Trust (UK)

From Equality Trust blog:

The Government-commissioned Riots, Communities and Victims Panel identified seven major themes that had to be addressed if future riots are to be prevented. All are powerfully affected by inequality:

Children and Parents - where inequality is high child well-being is low.

Personal Resilience - relative deprivation adds to the stresses of family and community life, so removing the sources of resilience.

Hopes and Dreams - inequality is a good predictor of how likely it is that a person who is born poor will stay poor.

Brands - in more unequal countries there is more pressure to acquire expensive status symbols.

The Usual Suspects (criminality) – high levels of inequality brings more crime, including violent and acquisitive crimes.

Police and the Public – where inequality is high there is more deadly use of force by the police.

Community Engagement - inequality reduces social cohesion, weakens community life and erodes trust.

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