‘Virtually stagnant’ social mobility in UK and it could get worse

A worrying report from the Social Mobility Commission has found that social mobility hasn’t changed since 2014.

Its State of the Nation investigation concluded that inequality will remain in society unless the Government takes urgent action to change the status quo.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, pledged to tackle the “burning injustice” in Britain when she took the top job back in 2016.

However, the following year all of the commissioners quit their roles monitoring social mobility, claiming that the Government was focusing too much of its energy on Brexit. This was the first report with new commissioners on board.

Chairwoman Dame Martina Milburn’ told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was “too early to say” if austerity was to blame.

Milburn warned: “Our big concern is not the stagnation but as time goes by that it will actually get worse.”

Her report recommends:

“Significant increase” in funding for all 16 to 19-year-olds in education

Extending the offer of 30 hours of free childcare a week to cover households where one parent is working eight hours a week.

The government agreeing to pay the voluntary living wage to all its employees.

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