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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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Opinion: Early years intervention is a smart move

It’s unusual for my morning radio alarm to bring me to wakefulness quite so abruptly as it did today with the coverage of MP Graham Allen’s report on giving disadvantaged children the best start in life. Something so important being given leading coverage is good news.

Although it probably isn’t news to most working the sector, nor many Liberal Democrats I suspect, it is very welcome that high-profile, cross party attention is now being given to idea that early intervention to improve social and emotional development will yield great dividends for
the child and society later in its life.

The report …

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  • User AvatarPhyllis 6th May - 5:51pm
    Kirsty is an outstanding Lib Dem. I hope she will one day be Leader.
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 6th May - 5:45pm
    Important news! It's important to have a fair investigation though and not just jump on it for material gain. All parties are prone to making...
  • User AvatarSandy 6th May - 5:27pm
    Kirsty has resigned as leader of the Welsh Lib Dems after the disastrous results. Four of five Assembly seats lost.
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    I’d particularly like to highlight the outstanding result achieved by Cllr Lynne Thompson, for whom I had the honour to be Campaign Manager, who gained...
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    Well done -a deserved victory for a good candidate and a well organised targeted campaign. Edinburgh Western will be well served .
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    Great results And i think its worth pointing out looking at the overall score board of council seats in England the Lib Dems are the...
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