Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Poverty and Disadvantage in the UK

The Social Mobility Commission says ministers have only delivered on 23% of its proposals since 2013. And it warns in a report that the coronavirus crisis could destroy any gains that have been made.
  • Poverty - 600,000 more children are now living in relative poverty than in 2012 and this is projected to increase further due to benefit changes and coronavirus, it says in its report
  • Schools - At 16, only 24.7% of disadvantaged students get a good pass in English and Maths GSCE, compared with 49.9% of all other pupils
  • Employment - Half of all adults from the poorest backgrounds receive no training at all after leaving school
  • Health - Life expectancy is falling for women in the most deprived 10% of areas, the commission says, and health inequalities linked to socio-economic background have been exposed by coronavirus.

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