‘Opportunity hoarders’ block social mobility for poor pupils

Government policy
The prospects for social mobility in Britain are “bleak” with the country’s poorest and richest likely to remain entrenched on their respective rungs of the income and social ladder for successive generations.

This is one of the conclusions in Social Mobility and its Enemies, a new book written by Professor Stephen Machin, director of the Centre for Economic Performance, and Dr Lee Elliot Major, chief executive of the Sutton Trust.

The authors have reviewed hundreds of research studies to show what they say is “overwhelming evidence” that confirms a causal link between inequality and social mobility levels.

The book warns that education is not the great social leveller that it should be and has been “commandeered” by the middle classes. Its authors are also calling for action to tackle exploitative employers and the “detached ruling elites”.

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