Background Information

A list of background reading about the Fairness Commission is below. Many of the titles are available to download online or you can pick them up at a Blackpool library. For more information on the locations and opening times of Blackpool libraries, please visit


  • Blahspeak, Stefan Collini, London Review of Books


Richard Wilkinson on the Age of Unequals

Kate Pickett Talks Equality

The Spirit Level – Part 1

The Spirit Level – Part 2

The Spirit Level – Part 3


  • Injustice: Why social inequality persists, Danny Dorling
  • The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

Reports / leaflets specific to Blackpool


  • A Glass Half Full, I&DeA
  • An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK, National Equality Panel
  • A stitch in time: tackling educational disengagement, interim report by Sonia Sodha and Silvia Guglielmi, Published by Demos London 2009
  • Backing The Future, New Economics Foundation
  • British Social Attitudes: the 26th Report, National Centre for Social Research
  • Capital Gains, London Child Poverty Commission
  • Hutton Review of Fair Pay in the Public Sector, HM Treasury, March 2011
  • Social Justice: Building a Fairer Britain, The Institute for Public Policy Research
  • Social Justice: Strategies for National Renewal, The Institute for Public Policy Research
  • The Commission on Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organisation
  • Total Place: A Whole Area Approach to Public Services, HM Treasury and CLG
  • Unleashing Aspiration, The Panel on Fair Access to the Professions


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