Manchester Policy Blogs: Growth and inclusion
Making poverty reduction central to processes of economic growth and devolution.
Income security may increase secularity, but not vice versa
16 October 2017
Dr Ingrid Storm from The University of Manchester examines economic decline and church attendance in Britain. She found that despite regular churchgoers being able to cope better with economic loss; economic decline does not increase church attendance. More than half the population of Britain consider themselves to have no religion. Those who have experienced a loss […]
What does gender mean at the WTO, and who benefits?
10 October 2017
Following the World Trade Organisation’s recent Public Forum, Dr Erin Hannah and Dr Silke Trommer reflect on the new focus on gender in global trade and the challenges of addressing it. Inserting meaningful gender sensitivity into the business of the WTO will require a massive paradigm shift and change in thinking The appointment of a […]
The forgotten welfare gap in older age
6 October 2017
As the winter months and colder weather approach, the University of Manchester’s Kingsley Purdam explains how welfare reform and austerity has affected the growing numbers of older people. Ongoing research into food insecurity shows older people are at risk of under-nutrition because of poverty, or because they don’t get the support they need to shop, […]
Is having any job at all better for your health and wellbeing than being unemployed?
15 August 2017
There are long held assumptions that taking any job is better for a person’s health and wellbeing than being unemployed. A study of over 1000 unemployed adults by Tarani Chandola, Professor of Medical Sociology at The University of Manchester, compared health and stress levels of those remaining unemployed and different quality jobs. The study revealed evidence that […]
Time to address the North-South health divide through proportionate economic growth incentives
7 August 2017
New research has revealed widening inequality between death rates in the northern and southern England. Here Professor Iain Buchan explains the significance of his research and calls on policymakers to take action and introduce northern weighting in industrial growth funds to address the North-South health divide. There has been an alarming rise since the mid-90s […]