As the Coalition Government reaches the halfway point of its planned five-year term, this pamphlet investigates whether or not it has acted to address the UK’s high level of income inequality. Presenting eight expert opinions which explore themes from economy to welfare reform, low pay to executive pay, these essays find the government’s record wanting.
This pamphlet argues that, as austerity belts tighten, proposed policy on income inequality is an issue on which the two government parties – and the opposition – will be judged in the second half of the term and the run-up to the next election. These essays send out a warning signal to all parties to pay close attention to electorate anger and set out effective policies that will have a real and lasting impact on the UK’s current levels of vast income inequality.
This report is based on a review of the pay policy statements published by each of the 174 principal local authorities in England and Wales, supplemented by a survey of the same authorities.
This briefing presents data relating to the recent high profile investor rebellions against remuneration reports, which suggest that the government needs to adopt rigorous policies, including a minimum threshold of 75% of investors in favour of remuneration policies.
A study of the full extent of top-to-bottom pay ratios in the UK, and the negative impacts excessive ratios have on business, economy and society.
It is often claimed that very large remuneration packages for company directors are necessary to recruit, motivate and retain those directors. This briefing contains evidence and analysis that challenges those assertions.
This briefing outlines why private sector pay ratios are a matter of public interest and why high pay ratios damage company performance. It also explores public, industry & expert opposition to excessive pay inequality and outlines potential policy solutions.
Explores reasons why voluntary and community sector organisations (VCSOs) should adopt a policy on pay ratios, recommends ways in which to do so and gives examples of best practice.