Prospects for Generation Z

Why equal treatment of all is so critical

We’ve all heard or read about the debacle concerning 2020 public examination results, affecting students, teachers, parents, universities, employers, government. We asked a Generation Z DEG member, about to start her second year studying law, to offer her perspectives. Here they are -sharp, comprehensive, concerning: The impact of COVID 19 on Generation Z – perspectives from a student about to start the second year of a degree course

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Build Back Better

The Chancellor’s summer statement (08/07/20) concentrated on a series of measures to

  • secure as many existing jobs as possible
  • prevent damaging youth unemployment
  • take small steps towards a greener economy
  • revive the private housing market and the hospitality sector

 Dorset Equality Group welcomes any measures which aim to build a stable, fair and sustainable economy, one which respects both people and planet. 

The Chancellor’s autumn statement and autumn budget will reveal more about the direction in which the government intends to travel. DEG members will be asking:

  • how ambitious will the movement towards a greener (and fairer) economy really be?
  • how will the economy support better than now those without employment, those with disabilities, those living on Universal Credit, the self-employed, those with poor employment terms, conditions and pay, especially those on zero hours contracts?
  • how will the burden of continued high public investment (and debt) be fairly shared?

We urge you to write to your MP applauding initial steps in the direction of a fairer and greener economy and making the case for much greater ambition in the autumn.

One of Dorset Equality group's key campaigners, Sharen Green, has written two pieces, one examining NHS funding and performance, the other exploring issues of economic justice in the light of the COVID 19 pandemic. The views expressed are Sharen's and do not necessarily reflect the collective view of Dorset Equality. They are sure to promote lively debate and influence national and local campaigning.

Download - NHS Funding and Performance

Download - Economic Justice in the light of the Pandemic

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Indices of deprivation, 2019

In September 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published the latest indices of deprivation for England.  These indices are calculated down to neighbourhood level, defined as "Lower-Layer Super Output Areas" (LSOAs), each with around 1,500 residents and 650 households.  There are 452 LSOAs in Dorset.

The overarching Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) shows a wide range of levels of deprivation across Dorset.  Many neighbourhoods are among the least deprived in England, but there are also 15 among the 10% most deprived: eight in Bournemouth, six in Weymouth and Portland, and one in Poole.  Five - three in Weymouth and two in Boscombe - are reckoned among the 5% most deprived.

Dorset Council have published a bulletin on what the 2019 IMD shows for their area.