Why is equality better for everyone?
The Equality Trust works to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing economic inequality
People in more equal societies live longer, a smaller proportion of children die in infancy and self-rated health is better.
People in more equal societies are far less likely to experience mental illness.
People in more equal societies are less likely to use illegal drugs.
Obesity is less common in more equal societies.
Children and social mobility
Unicef measures of child well-being are better in more equal societies.
Children do better at school in more equal societies.
Teenage motherhood is less common in more equal societies.
There is more social mobility in more equal societies.
Sustainability and development
Inequality fuels status competition, individualism and consumerism. It makes it harder to gain public support for policies to reduce global warming.
Foreign aid and global peace index
More equal societies spend a higher proportion their income on overseas aid and perform better on the Global Peace Index.
Unequal societies are harsher, they imprison a higher proportion of people.
Homicide rates are lower and children experience less violence in more equal societies.