What we do
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.
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 Chair of the Social Mobility Commission is the Rt Hon Alan Milburn. The deputy chair is Baroness Gillian Shephard. There are 6 other commissioners from business, academia and the voluntary sector.
A small secretariat, based in London, supports the SMC.
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