Does Liverpool have a fair and equal society?

Professor Richard Wilkinson

Professor Richard Wilkinson

Experts in health and society will come to the University of Liverpool next week to discuss how the city, and other urban areas of the UK, can operate a fairer and more equal society.

Professor Richard Wilkinson, co-founder of the Equality Trust, will be joined by Gideon Ben-Tovim, Chair of Liverpool Primary Care Trust, and Dr Alex Scott-Samuel from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, to debate the impacts of inequalities, such as barriers to accessing health care, on communities.

The event is part of a year-long series that focuses on the challenges posed by the current financial environment and how political leaders, social reformers, business executives and members of the public can help shape Liverpool’s future. Speakers at the event will pose new questions about the global economic and social environment and how Liverpool’s successes could be used as a model for the rest of the UK.

The public events will also celebrate Liverpool’s year of ‘City of Radicals’, which recognises a century of radicalism in Liverpool through various events focused on investigating the city’s cultural, social and political history.

John Flamson, Director of Partnerships and Innovation at the University, said: “The new financial environment has profound implications for the way we live our lives and how our cities function. During this time of unprecedented change, we must challenge ourselves to ask the difficult questions and then deliver innovative solutions. Working with civic partners across Liverpool, this new series of events will bring city, UK and international figures together to focus on big policy issues. We want it to provide a space for people across the city to learn, engage in debate and think about how we can do things differently”.

‘Inequality: the enemy between us’ will take place at 5.30pm, Tuesday, 13 September, at the North Liverpool Academy.

The event is free but tickets must be booked via the University website  or by telephoning 0151 794 2650.

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