How to Close Great Britain's Great Divide: The business of tackling inequality
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Today in Britain there is a massive disconnect between people and politicians, and between the 'haves' and 'have-nots'. The richest one percent of the UK population own more than 20 times more wealth than the poorest 20 percent combined.
The EU referendum vote was a stark illustration of just how polarized our society is, with millions of voters expressing their frustration at being locked out of politics and economic opportunity. It is encouraging then that Prime Minister Theresa May has committed to creating a society that works for everyone, not just the fortunate few.
Oxfam welcomes this commitment and believes that addressing inequality, particularly by considering the role of businesses, can help bring the country together and ensure that everyone has a fair share in the economy.