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State of the Nation 2017: social mobility in Great Britain

Reports on the state of social mobility in Great Britain, with a focus on the geographical divide that exists. Uses a Social Mobility Index that assesses 16 indicators, including education, employability and housing prospects of people living in each of England’s 324 local authority areas. Notes a similar approach was also taken for Scotland and Wales. Identifies the following trends: the biggest divide is between London (and the commuter belt areas around it) and the rest of the country; the inner cities of our country are no longer the worst-performing areas for social mobility; the new social mobility coldspots in our country are concentrated in remote rural or coastal areas and in former industrial areas, especially in the Midlands; there is no direct correlation between the affluence of an area and its ability to sustain high levels of social mobility; local policies adopted by local authorities and employers can positively influence outcomes for disadvantaged residents. Concludes that whole communities feel that the benefits of globalisation have passed them by - because they have – and that whole sections of society feel they are not getting a fair chance to succeed - because they are not.


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