By Max Clarke
‘Everyone has a chance to do better than their parents’, is the motivation behind Nick Clegg’s social mobility strategy.
Entitled Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers, the strategy, published today, attempts to address root causes of poverty and remove barriers to education and employment for the nation’s most deprived children.
"In Britain today, life chances are narrowed for too many by the circumstances of their birth: the home they’re born into, the neighbourhood they grow up in or the jobs their parents do. Patterns of inequality are imprinted from one generation to the next,” said Deputy Prime Minister Clegg.
Providing advice to parents and recruiting health professionals under the Family Nurse Partnerships scheme are strategies outlined in the report to improve the lives of the poorest children during their foundation years, while education reform, apprenticeships and an expanded civil service internships programme will address inequality later in life.
Improving access to work will provide economic benefits to the country, as Clegg explains:
“A recent report by the Sutton Trust estimated that the economic benefits of improving social mobility could be worth £140 billion a year by 2050. This is not only a question of fairness — opening up opportunities is in the interests of the economy and of the country. “