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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 AvatarSimon Foster 27th Aug - 8:17pm
    Spot on Jo, as Neil and others have said :)
  • User AvatarRichard Stallard 27th Aug - 8:11pm
    ” And who appoints the Lord Lieutenants and to whom are they democratically accountable to ?" Yes, they are recommended by the PM, but most...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 27th Aug - 8:10pm
    On Duncan Greenland, people should be aware that he's not some remote donor, he's somebody who has served this party for a very long time....
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 27th Aug - 7:55pm
    @ Silvio : "Joe is not afraid to explain to voters how utterly wrong they were about the Coalition and the party needs his passion...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 27th Aug - 7:47pm
    david thorpe Only the Lib Dems could repsond to a an overall majority election victory by a centre right party with the response that there...
  • User AvatarPhil Rimmer 27th Aug - 7:39pm
    Very well said Jo.