HEALTH EQUALITY SEMINAR - SLIDES Undeniable evidence inequality low income & debt damage mental & physical health

27 July 2017


Taxpayers Against Poverty co-hosted this seminar with th APPG on poverty on Thursday 20th July 2017.All speakers were concerned about undeniable evidence that inequality, low income and debt damage the mental and physical health of UK citizens; but the evidence has been both ignored and obfuscated by some politicians and the media.

David Finch - Resolution Foundation - The outlook for living standards and equality

Dr Angela Donkin - Instiute for Health Equity - Income effects on health 

Professor Kate Pickett - Equality Trust -  Understanding health inquality dates back to 1980

Maddy Power - University of York -  Food bank Britain - When society feeds the hungry

Carl Walker - University of Brighton - Learning to pay - Health equality and debt 

Rev Paul Nicolson -  Taxpayers Against Poverty -  The lowest statutory minimum incomes in the UK are (a) JSA (b) Zero


David Finch joined the Resolution Foundation in May 2014 as a Senior Economic Analyst after 8 years at the Department for Work and Pensions. David leads RF’s work on Universal Credit and wider welfare reform as well as working on pension adequacy, demography and tax policy analysis. .At DWP, he worked as an economist in a range of roles, providing analytical advice and assessing the impact of various policy measures including Childcare policy analysis. He studied Economics at the University of Sussex.

Dr Angela Donkin is Deputy Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity.  The Institute identifies ways to reduce inequalities in health through improvements in social and environmental factors, and is led by Prof. Sir. Michael Marmot.  Prior to working at IHE, Angela led teams within the Civil Service on Early Years intervention, and improving health at work.  

Kate Pickett is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, and the University’s Champion for Research on Justice and Equality;  she was a UK NIHR Career Scientist from 2007-2012 and is a Fellow of the RSA and of the UK Faculty of Public Health.  She is co-author, with Richard Wilkinson, of the bestselling The Spirit Level.  Kate is also a co-founder and trustee of The Equality Trust.  She was a Commissioner for the York Fairness Commission and for the national Living Wage Commission. 

Richard Wilkinson is Professor Emeritus 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. He has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality.  He wrote the best selling The Spirit Level with Kate Pickett.   Richard co-founded The Equality Trust (with support from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust), co-chaired the Islington Fairness Commission and was a Commissioner for the York Fairness Commission. 

Madeleine Power is a researcher in public health, working on health inequalities and food insecurity in the UK. She trained in social and political sciences at Cambridge and social policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and has experience of conducting quantitative and qualitative research in third-sector research organizations. Her research interests include food insecurity in developed countries and the social determinants of health. She is currently conducting a White Rose National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded project on the prevalence and experience of multi-ethnic, multi-faith contexts. 

Carl Walker is the course leader for the MA Community Psychology. Carl sits on the British Psychological Society National Community Psychology section committee and is chair of the European Community Psychology Association group on austerity and mental health. Recently he co-founded the national group ‘Psychologists against Austerity’. Carl’s current interest are in exploring the structural and economic elements that relate to concepts of mental distress and the use of community initiatives to work toward addressing mental health needs.

Rev Paul Nicolson founded the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) in response to the poll tax in 1997. He raised the funds in 1998 to commission the Family Budget Unit to research the minimum income standards. It was used by UNISON and London Citizens to persuade Ken Livingston, Mayor of London, to launch the living wage for London in 2004. Z2K now serves up to 2000 Londoners a year who are tangled in the benefit system and related debts. In 2012 he founded Taxpayers Against Poverty (TAP) as a campaigning organisation focusing on the impact on the unemployed of capped and cut benefits, which are also required to pay rent and council tax since 2013. TAP now has 20,200 followers on Facebook. He is on the Advisory Council of the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition. He was given “The Best Non-academic Award” by the Social Policy Association in 2015. 



The people thrive with Land Value Tax in Australia, Denmark, Harrisburg Pensylvania - other US cities and Hong Kong. The seminar will focus on how it works in practice.  

Wed, October 18, 2017 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM doors open at 9.00am - 

Houses of Parliament, Portcullis House, 1 Parliament St, Westminster, London, SW1A 2JR

Taxpayers Against Poverty is co-hosting this event wi the APPG on Health in All Policies and the APPG on Poverty. 

It will be Chaired by Debbie Abrahams MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Chair of the APPG on Health in all Policies.

The speakers will include Fred Harrison of the Land Research Trust.  Other speakers will be announced.