Low levels of social mobility are harming the economy, says Stroud MP

Stroud News and Journal: Low levels of social mobility are harming the economy, says Stroud MP Low levels of social mobility are harming the economy, says Stroud MP

STROUD MP Neil Carmichael believes social mobility is the key to raising productivity and boosting the UK’s economic performance.

In an article for the Conservative Home website penned last week, the Conservative politician said a lack of social mobility was hampering productivity growth and the Coalition Government was right to be ‘relentlessly pursuing policies to address this shortcoming’.

Although growth has returned to the economy after three years of stagnation, Mr Carmichael said poor productivity remained a particular cause for concern.

“At the heart of the debate about the economy, is the persistent and worrying problem of restricted social mobility with the related consequence of sluggish growth in productivity,” he said.

In his piece, Mr Carmichael pointed out that the productivity gap between the UK and Germany had widened to ‘a staggering 29 per cent’ and concluded that the UK was ‘squandering its resource of people’.

“The Coalition Government is relentlessly pursuing policies to address this shortcoming through reforming schools – especially teaching; recalibrating universities in terms of funding and recruitment, and, crucially, providing additional support for early years,” he said.

“These and other measures not only seek to address the skills shortage but also social mobility, a point made frequently by the secretary of state for education, Michael Gove.”

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3:09pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Gawain Towler says...

Surely if Mr Carmicheal really cared about social mobility, then he would be putting pressure on his own Government to return to election in secondary schools. Nothing has damaged social mobility more than the closure of the grammar schools.
Surely if Mr Carmicheal really cared about social mobility, then he would be putting pressure on his own Government to return to election in secondary schools. Nothing has damaged social mobility more than the closure of the grammar schools. Gawain Towler
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4:32pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Nimue Brown says...

Has it occurred to Mr Carmichael that reducing support for vulnerable families and driving more children into poverty does not improve social mobility? With no money for books, pr internet access, for extra curricular activities, for trips and cultural experiences, more children are being denied the scope to reach their potential. Cold and hungry children do not make good students either. Children worried sick about where they are going to living, thanks to the bedroom tax, children stressed by their anxious parents who in turn are pushed to the edge... not a recipe for social mobility, that.
Has it occurred to Mr Carmichael that reducing support for vulnerable families and driving more children into poverty does not improve social mobility? With no money for books, pr internet access, for extra curricular activities, for trips and cultural experiences, more children are being denied the scope to reach their potential. Cold and hungry children do not make good students either. Children worried sick about where they are going to living, thanks to the bedroom tax, children stressed by their anxious parents who in turn are pushed to the edge... not a recipe for social mobility, that. Nimue Brown
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9:47pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Salendine says...

Not sure about grammar schools, but certainly much better supported education creating greater access for all.

Where exactly are all these cold, hungry, and stressed children? We didn't have central heating as kids, but I didnt stop me doing my homework. If I hadn't been entitled to a grant then I might not have gone to Uni (where my digs were even colder), but cold is a poor excuse. Food is plentiful and cheap, and the bedroom tax (fundamentally flawed) affects very very few. Please don't introduce your politics to divert the debate of a serious issue. What matters is good quality education for all, and easy access to the right type of further education, apprenticeships etc.
Not sure about grammar schools, but certainly much better supported education creating greater access for all. Where exactly are all these cold, hungry, and stressed children? We didn't have central heating as kids, but I didnt stop me doing my homework. If I hadn't been entitled to a grant then I might not have gone to Uni (where my digs were even colder), but cold is a poor excuse. Food is plentiful and cheap, and the bedroom tax (fundamentally flawed) affects very very few. Please don't introduce your politics to divert the debate of a serious issue. What matters is good quality education for all, and easy access to the right type of further education, apprenticeships etc. Salendine
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