The Devastating Stagnation of Social Mobility in Britain

The latest report from the Social Mobility Commission shows a complex and disturbing picture, revealing Britain to be one of the least equal and least socially mobile of the developed nations. Commissioner Sammy Wright reports on the state of play.

The facts on social mobility as reported when we launched our State of the Nation 2019 report in April seemed simple. Newspapers and politicians jumped on one word—that mobility had ‘stagnated’. But while this is true, our report uncovered a far more complex and disturbing picture—particularly when it comes to the life chances of young people growing up in the fractured landscape of British education today.

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