|The launch of the moral case campaign for adequate minimum incomes and truly affordable housing took place at the Houses of Parliament on the 1st November 2018 in the Attlee Room, Portcullis House, chaired by Debbie Abrahams MP.
A few days later Professor Philip Alston, special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, began his tour of the UK and produced his unsurprising but devastating statement describing the suffering of impoverished people he met.
The time has come for the anti-poverty lobby to set our own national objectives to relieve the debt, hunger and ill health of impoverished UK citizens.
- The good health and well-being of every UK citizen in or out of work must become a national priority.
- The level of the statutory minimum wage, unemployment benefits and pensions must be set by referring to minimum income standards research, with particular attention given to maternal nutrition.
- Rents must be controlled.
Such policies for preventing poverty-related mental and physical ill health, infant deaths and shortened lives, with adequate minimum incomes and truly affordable housing can be paid for by capturing for the public good a small percentage of the large increases in the value of British land. That ought to lead to the abolition of council tax and business rates, and even to a reduction of income tax. Land value is currently captured only for private benefit, much of it by national and international speculators.
Below are the links to the slides presented at the launch of the campaign setting out how adequate minimum incomes and truly affordable housing can be achieved and paid for.
The index of nine relevant blogs on health equality is on our website by 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, Madeleine Power, of the University of York.
20 years after the publication of the first modern UK research into minimum-income standards
Rev Paul Nicolson,
Founder Taxpayers Against Poverty & Zacchaeus 2000 Trust
Visiting Professor, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, King’s College London
Land and housing
Executive director, Land Research Trust
Appraiser and consultant in municipal finance, US government
The ethics of professional institutions
Director, C2O Futureplanners
By Pat Jones, CBE,– Formerly chief operations officer of Depaul International – is piblished on the TAP website