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Published in The Guardian

As Larry Elliott’s piece pointed out, world elites are meeting at Davos to make global decisions about humanity’s future (All might look rosy, but world’s billionaires are entering avalanche country, 22 January). Their rallying call, “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”, and the content of this 48th World Economic Forum present as a parallel universe for billions of ordinary people.

As the WEF takes place, the world faces an inequality crisis that is spiralling out of control. Across it we are seeing the gap between the richest and the rest of us reach unprecedented extremes. Our current economic system works for the elites rather than the people, affecting both our health and wellbeing, as billions live in poverty. Such inequality is also failing and threatening our planet.

The idea that we need high earners to create wealth for others – the so-called ‘trickle-down’ theory – is deeply flawed

The Fight Inequality Alliance (FIA) is a growing movement of leading international non-profit organisations, human rights campaigners, equality campaigners, environmental groups, faith-based organisations, trade unions, social movements and civil society organisations that have come together to fight the growing crisis of inequality. We make up a new UK chapter of the FIA. During the our global week of action as the WEF takes place, we are united in asking the government to take action to tackle income inequality, tax transparency, the housing crisis and health inequalities.

We believe that not taking decisive action presents a clear and present danger, one that we ignore at our peril. Inequality is not inevitable.

Dr Wanda Wyporska Executive director, The Equality Trust
Jamie Burton Chair, Just Fair
Zarin Hainsworth Chair, National Alliance of Women’s Organisations
Professor Bev Skeggs Director of the Atlantic Fellows programme, International Inequalities Institute, LSE
Miatta Farnbulleh CEO, New Economics Foundation
Helen Goulden CEO, The Young Foundation
Will Snell Director, Tax Justice UK
Niall Cooper Director, Church Action on Poverty
Zoe Matthews Co-director, Friends, Families and Travellers
Tom Burgess Executive director, Progressive Policy Unit
Tracey Lazard CEO, Inclusion London
Yvonne MacNamara CEO, The Traveller Movement
Fran Boait Executive director, Positive Money
Neal Lawson Chair, Compass
Jackie Longworth Chair, Fair Play South West
Rachel O’Brien Disabled students’ officer, NUS
Rev Paul Nicolson Taxpayers Against Poverty