social mobility

The class pay gap

First published on Progressonline for ‘the Last Word’

Alan Milburn leading the way on social mobility, Clive Lewis’ campaign team, May’s US speech and Holocaust Memorial Day  – Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word

Alan Milburn is doing the Labour party’s job for it … again. His work on social mobility continues to chart a path towards achieving Labour’s historic mission: breaking the link between the postcode you are born into and where you end up in life. In fact, few in Labour other than Milburn have looked seriously at how to tackle social mobility in the United Kingdom. The only exception I can think of is Tristram Hunt’s work on character education, that he commended back to the party in his recent letter resigning from the House of Commons. Based on a report commissioned by the all-party parliamentary group on social mobility and conducted by the Education Policy Institute. Ed Miliband, who never gave a speech on the issue or primary or secondary education in all the time her was leader of the opposition, had such low regard for the issue ‘there was more in Labour’s 2015 manifesto on handrails in old people’s homes than education’, an extremely frustrated Hunt told a post-general election Progress audience. (more…)

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If not Labour, then who?

First published on Progressonline Richard Angell and Adam Harrison

‘There’s a disjunction,’ Alan Milburn tells Adam Harrison and Richard Angell, ‘between the end we’re wishing for – the eradication of child poverty – and the means that we’re prepared to deploy’

It is in the rarefied environment of the library at 61 Whitehall, a grand, galleried room on the site of Henry VIII’s former bedchamber at Whitehall Palace, that we meet former Labour cabinet minister Alan Milburn, now dubbed the coalition government’s ‘social mobility tsar’. (more…)