Bridging ... the social divide: making social mobility and child poverty core business for the next Parliament

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Great Britain. Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission
Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission
Date of publication
28 February 2015
Social Policy, Children and Young People, Education and Skills, Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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For decades British politicians have agreed that boosting social mobility and reducing child poverty are essential if Britain is to fulfil its potential, be at ease with itself and be confident about the future. Although some progress has been made, there is a real risk that the enormous fiscal challenges facing the next government will persuade whoever is in 10 Downing Street after the May 2015 general election to consign progress on mobility and poverty to the “too difficult” pile. This would be a mistake of catastrophic proportions. The 2015 General Election should be an opportunity for political parties to step up to the plate and explain what they want to achieve when it comes to tackling poverty and improving mobility - and how, if they are elected, they plan to do so.

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