Social Mobility Commission board members quit
11 Dec 17

The entire board of the government’s Social Mobility Commission resigned last weekend, stating it was in protest over a lack of progress in the area of social mobility (see article here).

In a resignation letter to the PM, the board’s chair, former Labour minister Alan Milburn, said the government’s preoccupation with Brexit meant that it did not have ‘the necessary bandwith’ to ensure its ‘rhetoric of healing social division’ translated into ‘meaningful action’.

The resignations come in the wake of the Social Mobility Commission’s State of the Nation Report 2017, released on November 28th, which highlighted a disparity in the attainment of young people from advantaged and non-advantaged backgrounds.

Now more than ever, there is work to be done. The Brokerage continues to work with hundreds of non-advantaged Londoners from across Greater London to raise aspirations and create access and opportunities.

We have identified the outer London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Enfield, Lewisham and Waltham Forest as key areas to work with, using data from in the London Poverty Profile 2015 to inform our work.

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