The measures included delivering on Mrs May’s pledge to give a greater voice to workers through greater representation on company boards.Under the plans firms would be given incentives to improve the skills of their workforce – particularly in sectors which employ large numbers of women such as retail, childcare and social care – while the welfare system would be redesigned to encourage claimants to undergo training and education in an effort to increase their wages.The third element of the plan would see pay ratios adopted to curb excess salaries at the top and tackle low wages at the bottom.Three of the houses have two bedrooms, the fourth has three bedrooms and all of them are producing a rent roll of €58,800.Rachael Orr, head of Oxfam’s UK programme, said: “Inequality is a massive barrier to tackling poverty and has created an economy that clearly isn’t working for everyone.
The UK is one of the richest countries in the world, but it’s a nation divided into the haves and have-nots.
The richest 1 per cent of the UK population now owns more than 20 times the total wealth of the poorest fifth, making the country one of the most unequal in the world, according to analysis by Oxfam.
The figures suggest that the around 634,000 Britons are worth as much as the poorest 13 million and the charity urged prime minister Theresa May to take action to close the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots”.
Oxfam’s report suggested that the massive inequality in British society contributed to the vote to leave the European Union and called for sweeping reforms to big business.
“Whatever your views on Brexit, the referendum brought divisions within our country to a head, with many people expressing distrust and disconnection with political processes and voting for change in the hope that it would improve their economic position.” The Oxfam report used data from Credit Suisse which showed the richest 10 per cent UK population own mroe than half of the country’s total wealth (54 per cent) with the top 1 per cent owning nearly a quarter (23 per cent), while the poorest 20 per cent share just 0.8 per cent of the country’s wealth between them.
The paper welcomed the prime minister’s recognition of the need to shake-up corporate culture and suggested a four-point plan action plan for her to adopt.