Research and analysis

Social mobility policies between 1997 and 2017: time for change

Assessment of government policies over the last 20 years to increase social mobility in Britain.


Time for change: an assessment of government policies on social mobility 1997 to 2017

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This report finds that:

  • government policies to improve social mobility have failed to deliver enough progress
  • calls on current and future governments to learn lessons from mistakes and successes over the last 20 years
  • warns that without major reform social and economic divisions within Britain’s society are set to widen
  • assigns rag ratings to government policies depending on how successful government has translated policy into social outcomes
  • makes recommendations to government
Published 28 June 2017