The impact is not just felt by the poorest in society but is also holding back whole tranches of middle- as well as low-income families - these treadmill families are running harder and harder, but are standing still. The problem is not just social division, but a widening geographical divide between the big cities - London especially - and too many towns and counties across the country are being left behind economically and hollowed out socially. The State of the Nation report, which was laid before Parliament this morning, lays bare the scale of the social mobility challenge facing the government. It finds fundamental barriers, including an unfair education system, a 2-tier labour market, a regionally imbalanced economy and an unaffordable housing market.
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The impact is not just felt by the poorest in society but is also holding back whole tranches of middle- as well as low-income families - these treadmill families are running harder and harder, but are standing still. The problem is not just social division, but a widening geographical divide between the big cities - London especially - and too many towns and counties across the country are being left behind economically and hollowed out socially.
The State of the Nation report, which was laid before Parliament this morning, lays bare the scale of the social mobility challenge facing the government. It finds fundamental barriers, including an unfair education system, a 2-tier labour market, a regionally imbalanced economy and an unaffordable housing market. The Social Mobility Commission welcomes the high priority that the current, as well as successive, governments have given to social mobility, and finds that some real progress has been made.
But it concludes that the twentieth-century expectation that each generation would be better off than the preceding one is no longer being met. It points to evidence that those born in the s are the first post-war cohort not to start their working years with higher incomes than their immediate predecessors. Home ownership, the aspiration of successive generations of ordinary people, is in sharp decline, among the young especially. Most shocking of all, today only 1 in 8 children from low-income backgrounds is likely to become a high-income earner as an adult.
The commission calls for new thinking and new approaches to deal with these deep structural problems. It recommends that an ambitious year programme of social reform is needed which the government should lead and which employers and educators should join. It is becoming harder for this generation of struggling families to move up. The social divisions we face in Britain today impact many more people and places than the very poorest in society or the few thousands youngsters who miss out on a top university.
Whole sections of society and whole tracts of Britain feel left behind. As the EU referendum result showed, the public mood is sour and decision-makers have been far too slow to respond.
That is a big ambition. It will require big action. That should be the holy grail of public policy, the priority for government and the cause which unites the nation to action. This compares with around 20 to 30 minutes a day in the s when there was no significant difference between the groups of parents over the last 5 years 1.
It has a duty to assess progress in improving social mobility in the United Kingdom and to promote social mobility in England. It currently consists of 4 commissioners and is supported by a small secretariat. Share this page.
State of the Nation report on social mobility in Great Britain
Two-thirds of poor children are now from families where an adult works, his report found. Many low and middle-income children face being "worse off" than their parents because of falling earnings and rising prices, Mr Milburn added. The former Labour health secretary suggested some benefits currently protected from cuts - such as free TV licences and winter fuel allowances for pensioners - could be means tested in order to share the burden of austerity more fairly. But a spokesman for David Cameron said: "The prime minister believes it is right to make commitments to pensioners in relationship to state provision. The report warns social mobility is "flat-lining" after big shifts in the middle of the last century and "could go in to reverse", with the young paying the highest price.
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Alan Milburn, the former Labour health secretary, will tell ministers that despite a huge growth in white-collar work, there is evidence that people from poorer backgrounds and those living outside the south-east of England are being left behind. Speaking to the Observer, Milburn said the country had the opportunity to encourage a level of movement between the classes last seen in the s but that he had found no evidence of this happening. He said: "The chances of social mobility are greater if there are more professional jobs being created. So it is no coincidence that the s saw an unparalleled social mobility in Britain and that coincided with an upsurge in professional employment.
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Julian Smith made the point during business questions in the Commons. The editor of the Guardian recently boasted online that he was taking precautions to prevent UK security services having access to the files of vital national security that he had sent out of the remit of the UK court to the New York Times. Can we have a statement to reassure the House that the Guardian will be asked for a decryption key, and if not forthcoming, action will be taken? Tom Brake, the Lib Dem deputy leader of the Commons, said Smith would be able to pursue this matter further in a debate next Tuesday. Greening replied: I think you make an interesting point. Obviously we have yet to go through the draw-down process between now and the end of next year.
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Share via Email Are universities failing to look beyond grades to the wider problem of the admissions process? The report also claims that an estimated 3, state school students with the right grades to get into Russell Group universities fail to get a place each year, up from "the missing 3," we first documented when I was at the Sutton Trust in The reasons for this are of course complex and varied. But if they appear opaque, I am increasingly convinced that the solution lies in greater transparency. Students need to know not only what data is oris not being used in the assessment of their applications, but, I would argue, they should be able to trust that their data is being used in the same way by each institution they apply to, so that their chances of getting a place reflect their genuine capabilities regardless of their background.