Structural Inequalities Alliance

19 years

The life expectancy gap between the richest and poorest in the UK

4 times

Black women are four times more likely to die in pregancy or childbirth

63%

Nearly two thirds of all prisoners were excluded from school

For too long our society has been founded on principles that do not represent our citizens proportionately. Some people thrive in health, wealth and power whilst others are ignored, forgotten and marginalised. 

In recent years social justice movements have made great strides in reducing inequalities in housing/healthcare/employment/education/ civil rights. However we believe there is a need to move beyond mitigating the impact of inequality and examine the structures and systems of our institutions that allow these seemingly unshakeable conditions to thrive. 

Structural inequalities affect everyone. There is no one single solution so important for us to work together across sectors and that’s why we need an alliance. 

We’ve gathered academics, employers, activists and everyday change makers. 

Together we have created resources, curated spaces, campaigned and promoted justice and participation.  

We are just getting started. Our work is informed by everyone in the alliance including those most affected.

SIA’s principles

Structural inequalities can be addressed with a thorough, coordinated and whole system approach.

By examining how decisions are made, who by and how they affect people over our life course by redesigning  institutions and social structures

By challenging unjust power dynamics and promoting equality in all aspects of society to redistribute wealth and power. 

SIA discussed the ‘Myth of Meritocracy’, it’s role in holding society back, and what we can do to challenge it. We heard from Will Snell from the Fairness Foundation, followed by Kathryn Quinton from Equally Ours with a strategic communications lens, and Charlie McNeil, a queer, neurodivergent, disabled person who is a passionate activist and advocate of change in systems and society.

Joined by the Good Business Charter’s Jenny Herrera and TSB’s Kate Osiadacz, the Structural Inequality Alliance discussed the role of good business practice now that corporate entities wield 2/3s of global economic power.

The Structural Inequality Alliance’s first event on 12 July, including Katy Rubin, John Organ, Dr Darren Sharpe, and Isaac Samuels, discussed ways empower marginalised voices. You can watch a recording of the event below.

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SIA’S History 

Throughout 2019, UCL and the Resolution Foundation convened the project Exploring Inequalities. Bringing  together over fifty organisations, the project addressed multiple and inter-related inequalities in the UK across  four thematic areas: education; employment; health; and housing. It culminated in the report ‘Structurally  Unsound’ and four ‘action notes’.  

The project built relationships between a broad range of experts from academia, research, third sector  organisations, business, policy, government; synthesising and deepening our understanding of inequalities in  the UK and ultimately noting the need for an intersectional approach to data collection and analysis for tackling structural inequalities.  

However, we also highlighted how much action is now needed, through partnership between government,  business, academia and policy, if we are to achieve structural change.  

To do so, and with COVID-19 exacerbating inequalities further, the  Alliance was originally forged to  ensure that any ‘new normal’ is predicated on principles that are fundamental for an equitable renewal.