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The Independent View: Slashing early years spending contradicts the desire to improve social mobility

In its Social Mobility strategy launched last April, the government made clear the dual priorities shaping its agenda:

“Tackling the financial deficit is the Coalition’s most immediate task. But tackling the opportunity deficit – creating an open, socially mobile society – is our guiding purpose.”

These are strong words indeed, marking an unequivocal commitment to improving the life chances of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. At a very minimum, they indicate a clear intention to manage the necessary public spending cuts in a way that recognises this laudable goal.

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    "Liberal Democrats: are the party of straight talk and good government" That is a workable story and identity.
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    I hope Nick doesnt do a John Major. Now more than ever we need all of our MPs to be performing at their best. Unleash...
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    To add to the lists of cruelty in horse racing... A horse's skeleton isn't fully formed until they are three years old. Yet race horses...
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    Good luck Jo!
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