About us

The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) monitors progress towards improving social mobility in the UK, and promotes social mobility in England.

The SMC is an independent statutory body (an organisation created by an Act of Parliament). In line with the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, it is a continuation of the body previously called the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

Responsibilities

We are responsible for:

  • publishing an annual report setting out our views on the progress made towards improving social mobility in the United Kingdom
  • promoting social mobility in England, for example, by challenging employers, the professions, universities and schools to play their part in promoting social mobility
  • carrying out and publishing research in relation to social mobility
  • providing advice to ministers (at their request) on how to improve social mobility in England - this advice must then be published

Who we are

The commission is comprised of a chair and commissioners who are appointed by a public appointments process. A small secretariat, based in London, supports the SMC.

Definition of social mobility

Social mobility is the link between a person’s occupation or income and the occupation or income of their parents. Where there is a strong link, there is a lower level of social mobility. Where there is a weak link, there is a higher level of social mobility.

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