Social Mobility Commission research: State of the Nation 2017

Some of the richest places in England like West Berkshire deliver worse outcomes for their disadvantaged children than places that are much poorer like Sunderland and Tower Hamlets.

This is from the Social Mobility Commission’s State of the Nation (pdf), in November 2017.

This report assesses the progress that Great Britain has made towards improving social mobility.

The report finds:

  • There is no simple north/south divide. Instead, a divide exists between London (and its affluent commuter belt) and the rest of the country – London accounts for nearly two-thirds of all social mobility hotspots
  • Coastal and older industrial towns – places like Scarborough, Hastings, Derby and Nottingham – are becoming entrenched social mobility coldspots
  • The Midlands is the worst region of the country for social mobility for those from disadvantaged backgrounds – half the local authority areas in the East Midlands and more than a third in the West Midlands are social mobility coldspots.

Read the full report (pdf).