“As a nation, we need to do much more to make sure that everyone has a fair chance to build a decent life.
"The Government’s new plan to tackle a lack of social mobility, unveiled by Justine Greening earlier today, focusses on many of the right things. Improving early years education and supporting good teachers to work in more deprived areas has the potential to transform children’s prospects. The Secretary of State is also right to look beyond school, at Further Education and helping people progress at work.
“But the progress we need won’t be achieved unless Government works together. Poverty in the UK is now growing across all age groups, bringing huge challenges for people who are trying to establish a secure life. Alongside today’s plans, the Government must look at the impact of spending decisions, the benefit freeze, low pay and the rising cost of living to make sure these plans have the most impact. We need a truly national mission, bringing together local and national governments, communities, schools and businesses, if we are to make a real difference to the people and places at risk of being left behind."