Precarious housing, ill-health and the 1%

Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Wednesday 2nd April 2014 (15:30-17:00)

Helen Harris
Tel: +44(0)121 414 5733

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Precarious housing, ill-health and the 1%This seminar explores possible implications of the relationships between the growing wealth and income of the 1%, the increased precarity of housing for many people in Britain, and recent evidence of worsening health, particularly among the elderly. The very top 1% can be blamed for a quarter of children now living in insecurely privately rented homes and, possibly, also for average life expectancies falling in 2012 among all those aged over 65. In the last five years, UK landlords have increased their net wealth by £245 billion while mortgage holders saw their equity fall by £169 billion.

Are the rich getting much richer; the middle missing out and the poor losing the most? And, if so, are we just too stupid to realise this?

Speaker: Professor Danny Dorling, University of Oxford

Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. He grew up in Oxford and went to University in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has worked in Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield and New Zealand. His most recent book is 'All That is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster' (Allen Lane).

Precarious housing, ill-health and the 1% event flyer (PDF)

Who should apply?

This event is for staff and postgraduates in the College of Social Sciences, LES (Geography) and MDS (Health).

This is a FREE event, but booking is essential. You can book your place by completing our Online Form.