Monthly Archives: August 2012

Rising inequalities in bereavement and funeral benefits

Bereavement is one of the most common risks that we all have to face – each year about 220,000 people in Britain lose a partner (see p3 of this report), it is claimed 24,000 children lose a parent, and there are … Continue reading

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Big Announcement: Inequalities Blog Welcomes Two New Contributor Editors

Dear Readers, The Inequalities Blog celebrates our second anniversary this month, and we are very pleased with the diverse perspectives and voices that we have brought to the blog over time. In that spirit, we are delighted to introduce Paul … Continue reading

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The Cost of a Disabled Sibling

If you have brothers or sisters, then you already know that an important piece of your childhood experience is out of your control. You cannot control whether your siblings are kind or cruel, generous or stingy, and you certainly cannot … Continue reading

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Immigration and the politicisation of everyday experience

Where do hostile attitudes towards immigrants come from? ‘The media and politicians’ often comes the cry from those on the left, seeing the hostility as something brewed by outside forces for their own ends.  ‘People’s own experiences’ is often the … Continue reading

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Life Expectancy in the U.S. is Getting Shorter for the Least Educated

The late 20th century brought landmark public health movements to the United States, like the control of tobacco, and medical breakthroughs in the treatment of heart disease and cancer. Life expectancy surged overall, but today the lower educated are still … Continue reading

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When the insecure are not the disadvantaged

Amidst all the other excitements of the summertime, you might have missed a couple of significant papers by top scholars in top American journals. So just to mentally prepare you for the autumn – don’t worry, it’s not here yet! … Continue reading

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In defence of benefit take-up statistics

It’s well-known that some people are entitled to benefits but don’t take them up – three-quarters of British people agree that ‘large numbers of people who are eligible for benefits these days fail to claim them’ (BSA2010).  The Government estimates … Continue reading

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Give George W. Bush Some Credit for this Community Health Success

The United States does not have a National Health Service – certainly nothing that we could display with a choreographed song and dance routine – but the federal government does support an extensive network of safety net health clinics. According … Continue reading

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