“Reducing inequalities,” the report continues, “is a precondition for promoting mental health and for reducing key risk factors, such as violence, disempowerment, and social exclusion.”
Pūrasa’s report comes as global inequality continues to soar. As Common Dreams reported in January, an Oxfam analysis found that 26 billionaires own as much wealth as the world’s poorest 3.8 billion people combined.
Meanwhile, the right-wing governments of major countries like the United States and the United Kingdom continue to push austerity policies while putting more money into the pockets of the wealthy.
Jeremy Corbyn, the U.K. Labour Party leader, tweeted Monday that he is not surprised by Pūrasa’s assessment of the impacts of austerity.
As Common Dreams reported last month, Philip Alston—U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights—issued a report condemning the British government for years of austerity policies that have gutted social services and exacerbated suffering throughout the country.
Corbyn said Monday that austerity “has caused insecurity across the country in people’s housing, employment and access to public services, like healthcare.”
“We must end austerity,” said Corbyn, “and start investing in people and communities.”