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The Independent View: Coalition’s social mobility strategy failing

The government’s plan to improve social mobility has been dealt a series of blows over the past week. New education data show that trends towards a more ‘socially mobile’ Britain are pointing in the wrong direction.

Nick Clegg launched the government’s social mobility strategy last April, promising to ‘open the doors of opportunity’ to children from disadvantaged homes as they move into adulthood. Children from poor homes are half as likely to achieve five good GCSEs as their better off peers, and they account for less than one in a hundred Oxbridge students. Clegg rightly pointed out that …

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  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 28th Nov - 12:59pm
    @ Tony Rowan - Wicks Would you really want to go on a UKIP site? Mark Reckless has already been left 'sore' after sudden 'changes'...
  • User AvatarPsi 28th Nov - 12:57pm
    JohnTilley You claim that flats will be built and left empty, well actually that can happen in the short term, funds and private investors can...
  • User Avatarnvelope2003 28th Nov - 12:57pm
    In 1989 the Greens polled 15% in the European Elections and the Liberal Democrats 6%. In the subsequent 1992 election Liberal Democrats polled 17.8 %...
  • User AvatarGP Purnell 28th Nov - 12:53pm
    Or you could just adopt a sensibly expansionist economic policy, rather than back Tory austerity and years of stagnation! That is what has led to...
  • User AvatarPsi 28th Nov - 12:38pm
    Definitely the right policy in general. Matthew Your dystopian view is not reflected in the fundamentals. You have expressed concern elsewhere on this topic that...
  • User AvatarSimon McGrath 28th Nov - 12:36pm
    @John - can you point to some evidence that there are significant numbers of homes deliberately left empty as investment s outside a few much...