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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 AvatarJoseph Bourke 17th Feb - 7:39pm
    Peter, I am quoting Pavlina. She contributed a comment to an article I posted on this site back in 2012 https://www.libdemvoice.org/opinion-job-guarantees-a-economic-stimulus-worth-considering-27360.html "Dear Joe Bourke, Thank...
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    These are the main motions which necessarily fill holes that exist in our policy documents. So we tend to have already laid down detailed policy...
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    Mary - is this committee still looking for members/activists to send them our views of the election campaign? If so, how do we do this?
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    @ Joe, You're twisting what Pavlina Tcherneva, in particular, and MMT proponents, in general, are saying. Why am I not surprised? So far the JG...
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