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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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Fixed-term Parliaments: better by standing orders?

Last week Malcolm Jack, the Clerk of the House of Commons, got a little flurry of media coverage for his evidence before a Parliamentary committee considering the proposed legislation for fixed-term Parliaments. “Parts of the government’s plans to bring in fixed-term parliaments are vulnerable to legal challenge” was how the BBC reported it.

It is understandable why that got the headlines, but lurking in the detail are important questions about how Parliament operates and whether its administration is competent. Jack’s evidence, and concerns about the legislation, really fall into three parts.

First, as might be expected from an official whose …

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  • User AvatarRuth Bright 28th May - 12:46pm
    Not as much fun as Nick Clegg and Brian Blessed on This Week!
  • User Avatartonyhill 28th May - 12:30pm
    If when you are canvassing you can no longer smile at a voter who says "NO!" then pack it in for the evening. There's no...
  • User AvatarStuart 28th May - 12:29pm
    No, I am not Stuart Monk, though I wish I had his money. The exchange you quote is the one I was alluding to. Jomast...
  • User AvatarGlenn 28th May - 12:14pm
    Stuart, I am a member of the public by the way.
  • User AvatarStuart 28th May - 12:01pm
    That last post should have ended "2027" of course. As for the death of the BBC not having a negative impact on the sector as...
  • User AvatarStuart 28th May - 11:52am
    @Glenn There's no point debating what you think the BBC is or ought to be. The BBC will continue to be whatever the public want...