The thoughts of the IFS and Nobel laureate Angus Deaton on inequality in the UK are similar to ours on inequality in Oxfordshire. Sir Angus and the IFS are identifying the inequalities in the UK in income, health, housing, etc. and some of the consequences - breakdown of relationships, disillusionment; and IFS warns of "deaths of despair" - a rise in early deaths from drug and alcohol abuse and suicide being linked to factors such as poverty, social isolation and mental health problems.
Data we use at the community foundation shows that the depth of inequality between areas of Oxfordshire is equally pronounced. The following are comparisons between LSOAs in Oxfordshire (neighbourhoods of approx. 1,500 people or 650 households).
Male life expectancy at birth: St. Margarets Oxford: 86.2 yrs Northfield Brook (Oxford): 74.5 yrs (nearly 12 yrs difference)
Female life expectancy at birth: Charlbury (West Oxon): 91.9 Blackbird Leys (Oxford): 77.1 (nearly 15 yrs difference)
Net annual household income estimate after housing costs:
Sonning Common (South Oxon): £49,200 Northfield Brook (Oxford): £23,100
Adults (aged 16+) with no qualifications:
Oxford Carfax: 1.1% Banbury Ruscote: 40.1%
Pupils achieving 5 or more Key Stage 4 (GCSE) passes at A*-C, including English and Maths
Coscote (South Oxon): 100% Berinsfield: 0%
Highest level of qualification degree or higher:
Banbury Ruscote: 9.2% North Oxford: 77.3%
This level of inequality is unacceptable and the consequences are potentially dire. Please contact us if you'd like to help solve some of these problems.
Inequality driving 'deaths of despair' BBC News 14 May 2019 Widening inequalities in pay, health and opportunities in the UK ... ...runaway incomes for high earners but rises in "deaths of despair", such as from addiction and suicide, among the poorest. Nobel Prize-winning economist Prof Sir Angus Deaton...said "people were troubled by inequality" and the impact was so serious. He warned of the dangers of disillusionment. The middle classes are also under pressure, particularly younger generations, with stagnant pay and unaffordable house prices. As well as inequality in income, IFS highlights divergence in health. ...there is almost a 10-year gap in male life expectancy between the richest and poorest areas - ...relationship affected by inequality, the study suggests....among the poor, fewer are living with a partner, due to increasing job insecurity, a lack of financial independence and more "chaotic lives".