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Fairness Index launch webinar
How fair is the UK?

We all know what unfairness looks like, but fairness itself has always felt hard to define and hard to measure - until now!

The Fairness Index, launching on 19 October 2022, is a new online tool to explain the nature, causes and consequences of key inequalities in the UK.

It examines five key gaps in British society, linked to the five ‘fair necessities' (essentials, opportunities, reward, exchange and treatment): wealth, education, pay, tax, and health. For each of them, it looks at the gaps between rich and poor and between different groups, and the gaps between reality and public perceptions and preferences.

It puts the statistics into context and explains why the gaps are unfair, how they reinforce each other, and what can be done about them.

The Fairness Index is aimed at a general audience, but is also designed to help social change organisations to build support for their goals by explaining how and why the problems that they seek to address are unfair.

Oct 19, 2022 11:00 AM in London

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Will Hutton
President @Academy of Social Sciences
Will Hutton is a political economist, author and columnist. He is President of the Academy of Social Sciences, co-chair of The Purposeful Company, an associate of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, and writes a fortnightly column for the Observer.
Richard Wilkinson
Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology @University of Nottingham Medical School
Richard is Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at University College London, and Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of York. From 1976 onwards his career has focused on research into social class differences in health, the social determinants of health, and on the health and social effects of income inequality. He was one of the founders, and is now a Trustee of The Equality Trust. He is a co-author of 'The Spirit Level': Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better' with Kate Pickett.
Torsten Bell
Chief Executive @Resolution Foundation
Torsten Bell is the Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation. He has a background in economic policy, with his current research focuses including inequality, the labour market, tax and benefits, and housing and wealth. Prior to leading the Resolution Foundation, Torsten was Director of Policy for the Labour Party. He has also worked in HM Treasury, as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the financial crisis and as a civil servant.
Ann Phoenix
Professor of Psychosocial Studies @University College London
Ann Phoenix is Professor of Psychosocial Studies at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Social Research Institute, UCL Institute of Education and a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is on the Nuffield Foundation Trust Board. Her research is mainly about the ways in which psychological experiences and social processes are linked and intersectional. It includes work on racialised and gendered identities and experiences; mixed-parentage, masculinities, consumption, young people and their parents, the transition to motherhood, families, migration and transnational families. Much of her research draws on mixed methods and includes narrative approaches.
Will Snell
Chief Executive @Fairness Foundation
Will Snell is Chief Executive of the Fairness Foundation. After founding an educational charity at university, he spent several years on the UK government’s civil service fast stream programme, before setting up an entrepreneur mentoring scheme in Kenya and leading on strategy and business development for a global health NGO, Development Media International. In 2017 he set up Tax Justice UK, a sister organisation of the Tax Justice Network (TJN), before joining TJN as Director of Operations. He joined Global Witness in May 2020 as interim Chief Operating Officer before moving to the Fairness Foundation as its founding CEO in April 2021.