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Social Mobility and Economic Growth

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

9. To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the effects of the Government's policies on social mobility and economic growth. (246520)

The recently published “Getting on, getting ahead” White Paper demonstrated that while social mobility did not increase in the eighties and early nineties, new evidence suggests this might be beginning to change.

The latest academic research shows there are encouraging signs, with educational results becoming less dependent on a person's social background, more young people from low income backgrounds going to university and evidence that mobility in work is starting to rise.

The “New Opportunities” White Paper sets out how the Government will continue to address the key drivers of social mobility.