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29th November 2017

Government warned of Social Mobility postcode lottery

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The Social Mobility Commission has published its fifth state of the nation report on social mobility, warning that the chances of someone from a disadvantaged background's success is tied to where they live. The Commission's report dismissed the idea of a North/South divide, finding that London and its surroundings dominated the best performing areas for social mobility, with remote rural and coastal areas and the former industrial areas in the midlands performing worst.

The report found no direct correlation between affluent areas and social mobility, with some of the most deprived London boroughs outperforming affluent areas such as the Cotswolds for offering good education, employment opportunities and affordable housing to the most disadvantaged.

Read the State of the Nation report here.