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With extreme wealth comes the power to influence the rules. That means that we end up with government policies that favour the super rich, regardless of what would work best for the rest of us. These policies decrease social mobility, increase poverty and create economic instability (as we saw with the recent financial crisis). So extreme inequality isn't just unfair - it's downright dangerous.
The undue political influence of multinational companies and some super-rich individuals is at the heart of the biggest social, economic and environmental crises we face, both in the UK and globally. The good news is that it's not inevitable, it can be reversed, and we've all got a role to play in making that happen.
Extreme inequality is not natural or inevitable - it's the consequence of political choices. Governments worldwide have the option of implementing policies that can start narrowing the gap right now. We need governments to act to give us a system which works for the many, and not just for the hugely privileged few.
Read our blog posts on inequality below, follow @oxfamcampaigns, and like our Facebook page to get involved in the campaign.
The world's richest 85 people have the same wealth as 3.5 billion people. 5 families in the UK have the same wealth as the poorest 20% of the population. The 10 wealthiest households in Scotland are 900 times wealthier than the poorest 10%.
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The richest 3 families in Scotland own more wealth than the poorest 20% of the Scottish population put together, according to a new estimate of inequality released by Oxfam Scotland.
How can Scotland ensure the needs of all its citizens are met while living within environmental and planetary boundaries? The Scottish Doughnut report released today depicts where Scotland is falling short on social and environmental justice,... Read more
Our recent Below the Breadline report and the subsequent debates that it triggered online and in the media drew a lot of attention to the work that Oxfam does on poverty in the UK. Importantly, it showed how much this issue matters to both the public... Read more
Kirsty Davies sy'n myfyrio ar ei 100 diwrnod cyntaf fel Pennaeth Oxfam Cymru.
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