This is the website and blog of Dr John Lever.

Friday 23 September 2011

Should income inequality worry us?

The Spirit Level (2009) significantly increased debate about the link between income inequality and health and social problems. An independent review funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports that there is a correlation between income inequality and health and social problems, and that some rigorous studies provide evidence of this link. Read the full report here:

Thursday 15 September 2011

Inequality, materialism & children’s well-being in the UK

In 2007, a UNICEF report found that the UK was at the bottom of the league table of child well-being, with subsequent work showing that inequality among children in the UK is greater than it is in other OECD countries. In order to understand the statistics behind these findings UNICEF UK commissioned a piece of qualitative research with Ipsos Mori and Dr Agnes Nairn. Comparing the experiences of children in the UK with children in Spain and Sweden, and paying particular attention to the interplay between materialism, inequality and well-being, the research found that parents in the UK struggle to find time to meet their children’s needs and that consumer goods and commercial pressures have a strong role in creating and reinforcing social divisions. Read the full report here:

Tuesday 13 September 2011

The 'deep roots' of homelessness

Findings from a new study reveal the extent to which homelessness is linked with a range of other problems, including mental illness, alcohol dependency, street culture activities and experience of prison. The study also highlights the challenges services face if they don't do more to help people with multiple problems: Read a summary of the findings from 'Tackling homelessness and exclusion: Understanding complex lives' here.

Monday 5 September 2011

Exploring executive pay and performance

The High Pay Commission has released a report, ‘What are we paying for? Exploring executive pay and performance'. The data in the report, compiled by Incomes Data Services, shows that over the past 10 years monetary and share-based rewards for FTSE 350 directors have grown rapidly to outstrip company performance. Read the report here.