Social Class Divide As A Report By The Equality And Human Rights Commission

1455 Words Oct 28th, 2015 6 Pages
Social divisions are one of, if not, the main political concerns within out society today. Policies have been implemented to try and overcome these social issues but as will be discussed and argued in this essay, it is clear that either current government legislation isn’t working, or not enough work is being done locally and in government to tackle the problem. This essay will discuss the social class divide as a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (2010) describes how people living in poverty and who are looked at as members of the lower social class are targets of prejudice and injustice in Scotland. I will focus on the inequalities that exist within these socially constructed groups, such as wealth, health, and education, and how these can lead to the creation of other social divides.

Poverty is most likely seen as they key problem in society which has an effect on all other aspects of life, for example education, health, and employment. However if this is the case, surely the government should be doing more to tackle the high rates of poverty we do have in this country, as it shows to great extent the wealth inequalities in Scotland, and the unfair distribution of wealth. For example, Mooney (2014) shows that just under 20% of the total Scottish population are still living in poverty, and 1 in every 5 children are living in poverty. So by comparing people living in poverty to those people we regard as more ‘well off’, an article published by Gordon…
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