Monthly News From The Equality Trust (November 2018)

We email a newsletter to all our supporters, like the one below, rounding up all the inequality-related news for the past month. If you want to get the latest inequality news quicker and sent direct to your inbox, just sign up to The Equality Trust newsletter here. Thank you. 

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018: We are currently in the middle of our Big Give week and we have already raised £14k thanks to our wonderful supporters. But we’re still some way off our target so please do contribute NOW (if you haven’t already) to ensure your donation is DOUBLED and that we can raise the necessary funds to expand our hugely successful Young Equality Campaigners project (for more on this see below). If you have contributed already, then thank you very much. [Post-bulletin note: We hit our target of £35k! Thank you for your amazing support.]

Speaking truth to power: We were delighted to hold two meetings with Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur, as he investigated the state of poverty and human rights in the UK earlier this month. We ensured that one of those meetings was with our inspirational Young Equality Campaigners and they provided compelling testimony to Mr Alston concerning the many challenges that our vast level of inequality poses for them in their everyday lives. We were delighted to hear back that this was one of the most memorable sessions of Mr Alston’s entire investigation. And we were only able to do this because of our fantastic supporters who contributed to the Big Give in 2017, so we really hope that the Big Give 2018 will allow us to expand the work and have even more impact in the future.

Could you be an Equality Trust Trustee? We are recruiting for new Trustees for our Board and the application pack is here. These are enormously important voluntary positions that will allow you to have a key role in shaping and directing our campaign for greater fairness and equality in the UK and beyond. If you think this could be right for you then please send your application direct to our Chair of Trustees by 14th January 2019. Or if you know someone else who you think might be interested, please let them know. Many thanks for your continued support. We simply can’t do what we do without you.

Best wishes, Wanda, Jo, Rianna, Camilla, Henry & Bill.
The Equality Trust Team

PLEASE NOTE: This is the last monthly news for 2018. The next bulletin will be at the end of January. For December we will be sending you a supporter survey and we’d love your feedback.

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Pick of the Month: Truth To Power – Young Equality Campaigners Speak Out
– Equality Trust submission to the UN Special Rapporteur
Equality Trust honoured as chosen charity for Suffrage Flag event (Guest Blog)
Monthly News from The Equality Trust (October 2018)

LATEST LOCAL GROUP NEWS: Plenty going on around the groups this month from Dorset to Edinburgh and Bristol to Cambridge, via London. Full details are here…


Pick of the Month: UN Envoy condemns UK Govt on poverty
– Study says spending cuts breach UK human rights obligations
– Trussell Trust fears Christmas spike in food bank use
– Sutton Trust highlights job unfairness at Westminster
– Study says UK poor dying 10 years earlier than rich
– OECD says mental illness costs UK £94bn a year
– NHS says children’s mental health worsening
– Shelter report at least 320,000 UK homeless people
– CBI says young people feel unprepared for work
– UK private/state school gap largest in world
– Studies point to pollution link to childhood obesity
– EPHA calls for action on health inequality in Europe


Pick of the Month: Young Londoners Speak to UN Envoy
– Universal Credit threatens bleak Christmas for children
– Price cap plan welcomed for rent-to-own sector
– Fat Cat Heads profiteering from academy schools  
– Infant formula costs too high for many
– Benefits system branded cruel by UN Envoy
– Some bosses want to microchip their workers
– Migrant mother tells UN Envoy of extreme poverty
– Female prisoners giving birth without midwives
– Universal Credit pushing up rent arrears
– Fattest Cat leaves job after public outcry


Pick of the Month: The shop where you can buy gifts for refugees
– When the seas flood the coasts money will talk
– The Black Girls’ Guide to University
– Calls for a global tax system to tackle inequality
Workers being ‘gamed’ in the gig economy
Work till you drop fears the TUC
US elites hire private firefighters
Education does not always equal social mobility