TAP health equality campaign of 9 Blogs about low income, debt, hunger, mental and physical health

1 January 1970

TAP affordable housing and health equality campaigns 

Following our social media campaign of ten blogs on affordable housing TAP publishes the index of nine blogs in our Health Equality Campaign. The series is exploring the alarming depth of health inequality in modern Britain.

Dr Angela Donkin of the Institute of Health Equity,

Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett of the Equality Trust and

Carl Walker, of the University of Brighton and of Psychologists Against Austerity

wrote three blogs each about income, debt, hunger & health.

Madeleine Power, of the University of York contributed the 9th Blog

are writing three blogs each about income, debt, hunger & health.

Each blog  tackles the stark reality of health inequality in modern Britain. Our writers examine the socio-economic factors that govern life chances, as UK citizens are increasingly left at the mercy of a ruthless postcode lottery that dictates mortality rates and incidence of .low birth-weight. The blogs demonstrate why it is a national disgrace. 



BLOG 1 Dr Angela Donkin - Incomes are too low for children to live a healthy life from birth to death

BLOG 2 Carl Walker - The people’s money management skills are good; the State creates problem debts for vulnerable individuals and families, which are linked to the most profound anxiety, anger and suicide.

BLOG 3 Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett - Being on wrong end of inequality leads to more depression, mental illness, addiction and imprisonment 

BLOG 4 Dr Angela Donkin - Billions lost in productivity, taxes, welfare payments & extra costs in NHS. Work across Government to improve well-being and reduce costs – otherwise everybody loses.

BLOG 5 Carl Walker - Upturn in suicides due to recession not reversed now unemployment levels have fallen - Largest fall in real wages for 50 years – increase in mental health problems.

BLOG 6 Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett - Government enacts policies that make child poverty worse & demonises parents. We tolerate overblown salaries and tax avoidance and shocking childhood deprivation in the UK

BLOG 7 Dr Angela Donkin - Allowing the UK to sleepwalk into a proliferation of insecure work is short sighted, damages health and costs the taxpayer.

BLOG 8 Carl Walker - Studies beginning to highlight a burden of human suffering follows austerity Carl Walker TAP health equality

BLOG 9  Maddy Power , Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson -  Food Bank Britain. In austerity politics the state drops responsibility for preventing hunger. 



The seminar on 20th July  co-hosted by TAP and the APPG on Poverty, from 6-8pm in the Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Westminster. It will be an opportunity to discuss the ideas arising from TAP's health equality blog series and and to hold a wider debate on the causes and consequences of health inequality. Please register here. 


Baroness Molly Meacher


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

Dr Angela Donkin - Working across government to improve well-being and reduce costs, Institute of Health Equity

Professor Richard Wilkinson - The impact of inequality, Equality Trust

Professor Kate Pickett - The impact of inequality on children, Equality Trust

Maddy Power - Food Bank Britain - University of York

Dr Carl Walker - Impact of austerity on mental health - Universlty of Brighton

Rev Paul Nicolson - Sanctions, the job centre and the magistrates court, Taxpayers Against Poverty