Our country is drifting in the wrong direction when it comes to solving poverty

Responding to the Social Mobility Commission’s annual state of the nation report released today, Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said:

“At a time when we need clear leadership in solving poverty and improving social mobility, our country is drifting in the wrong direction. The Commission’s report today reinforces what we have been seeing for some time: more people trapped on low incomes and unable to build a better life.

“It’s unacceptable that there is a widening gulf between the reality in the UK and the sort of country we all want to live in. No child should have their prospects limited because of their background. But all too often the support available to people is not enough to overcome the forces holding them back.

“Low pay and high costs as well as serious regional inequalities are forcing many people into a corner and constraining their ability to seize new opportunities. The Government should urgently prioritise investing in skills and better-paid jobs in places where people are locked out of opportunity. This is crucial if we are to strike at the heart of this issue and build an inclusive economy.”