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Publication date:- 2016-11-17

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Young people are 6 times less likely to go to Oxbridge if they grow up in a poor household. In the North East, not one child on free school meals went to Oxbridge after leaving school in 2010.

In the North East and the South West, young people on free school meals are ½ as likely to start a higher level apprenticeship and half as likely to complete it as wealthier peers. In Yorkshire and the Humber, only 2% of poorer young people will complete their apprenticeship.

In London, the number of top end occupational jobs has increased by 700,000 in the last 10 years compared to just under 56,000 in the North East.

► Despite some efforts to change the social make up of the professions, only 4% of doctors, 6% of barristers and 11% of journalists are from working class backgrounds.

► Home ownership is in sharp decline; particularly among the young. Rates among the under 44's have fallen by 17% in the last decade.

► People who own their homes have average non-pension wealth of £307,000, compared to less than £20,000 for social and private tenant households.

► There is a new geography of disadvantage with many towns and rural areas; not just in the North; being left behind affluent London and the South East. In 40 local authority areas, 33% of all employee jobs are paid below the Living Wage.

► More than half the adults in Wales, the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, the West Midlands and Northern Ireland have less than £100 in savings.

Key recommendations:-

Early years - The Government should:


Introduce a new parental support package at key points in a child's life to support children falling behind;

Set a clear objective that by 2025, every child should be school ready at the age of 5 and the child development gap has been closed with a new strategy to increase high quality childcare for low income families.

Double funding for the early years pupil premium to ensure better childcare for those that need it most.

Schools - The Government should:-


Have as its core objective the ambition, within the next decade, of narrowing the attainment gap at GCSE between poorer children and their better off classmates by , bringing the rest of the country to the level achieved in London today.

Rethink its plans for more grammar schools and more academies;

Mandate the ten lowest performing local authorities to take part in improvement programmes so that by 2020 none of those schools are Ofsted-rated inadequate and all are progressing to good;

Reform the training and distribution of teachers and create new incentives; including better starting pay; to get more of the highest quality teachers into the schools that need them.

Require independent schools and universities to provide high quality careers advice, support with university applications and share their business networks with state schools.

Repurpose the National Citizen Service so that all children between the ages of 14 and 18 can have quality work experience or extra curricular activity.

Post 16 education and training - The Government should:-


Develop a single UCAS-style portal over the next 4 years so that youngsters to can make better choices about their post-school futures;

Make schools more accountable for the destinations of their pupils and the courses they take post-16;

School 6th form provision should be extended and schools given a role in supporting FE colleges to deliver the Skills Plan. The number of 16 to 18 year old NEETS should be zero by 2022.

Low quality apprenticeships should be scrapped.

A new social mobility league table should be published to encourage universities to widen access.

Over the next 10 years, higher education should be extended to those parts of Britain that have no or low provision.

Jobs, careers and earnings - The Government should:-

Create a new deal with employers to define business' social obligations and the support they will get;

Develop a Second Chance Career fund to help older workers retrain and write off advanced learner loans for part time workers.

Work with large employers, Local Councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to bring new, high quality job opportunities backed by financial incentives to the country's social mobility cold spots;

Support LEPs in social mobility coldspots to tackle local skills gaps and attract better jobs to the area;

All large business should develop strategies to provide low skilled workers with opportunities for career progression;

Introduce a legal ban on unpaid internships.

Housing - The Government should:-

Commit to a target of building three million homes over the next decade; with being commission by the public sector;

Expand the sale of public sector land for new homes and allow targeted house-building on Green Belt land.

Modify the Starter Home initiative to focus on households with average incomes and ensure these homes when sold go to other low income households at the same discount.

Introduce Tax incentives to encourage longer private sector tenancies.

Complement plans to redevelop the worst estates with a £140 million fund to improve opportunities for social tenants to get work.

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