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Social Mobility

Volume 506: debated on Monday 1 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what assessment she has made of the effect on individual social mobility of previous criminal convictions; (318752)

(2) if she will take steps to increase the level of social mobility for those with previous convictions.

The Government are committed to building fairer chances for everyone to succeed in the new economy by boosting social mobility in the U.K. The Government's approach to social mobility takes a holistic view and considers the early years support, schooling, training and academic study, family life and community empowerment, all as being very important in shaping aspirations and achievements of individuals. While those who have criminal convictions have not been the specific focus of this work, the Government's approach aims to support everyone to achieve their potential.