In a recent survey by the Social Mobility Commission, warnings of inequality to remain entrenched in the UK “from birth to work” were published. Unless the government takes immediate action, the commission forewarned that the state of inequality should prevail. According to the State of the Nation Report, such a situation has remained stagnant since 2014. The Nation Report pleads the ministers to provide additional funding for older teenagers in education. They also elaborate on extending free childcare to low-income families. Reports suggest the government has agreed by stating that it will take the recommendations seriously.
However, this kind of funding will come as a setback the UK Prime Minister Theresa May who promised to tackle this issue when she entered Downing Street in 2016. A year later all the commissioners on the Social Mobility Commission resigned stating that the government was too focused on Brexit to deal with creating a ‘fairer’ Britain for its citizens. The recently elected Chairwoman, Dame Martina Milburn of the Social Mobility Commission has sensed there was now “a real commitment” from the government and she said the biggest concern was not stagnation, but that the problem might aggravate in the future. Milburn explained the situation with a brief example, stating that a person is three times more likely to move to London if he/she is from a professional background. The move to a bigger city is not possible if the person hails from a working-class background.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds said he welcomed the “thorough” report, but was skeptical if the government would adopt all of its recommendations. The report found those from better backgrounds were almost 80% more likely to land up in a professional job in comparison to the working-class peers. It said the proportion of people from professional backgrounds who were in professional jobs was 60% last year. And in contrast, only 34% of those belong to the working class backgrounds. The report revealed that only a slight change has occurred in the figures since the past four years.
Dame Martina, who is also chief executive of the Prince’s Trust, said in a statement “Being born privileged means you are likely to remain privileged. But being born disadvantaged means you may have to overcome struggles to ensure you and your children are not stuck in the same condition.”