Social Mobility

Chris Cook

How would the Daily Mail react if a minister was asked to allow an able poor child extra tuition and deny help to a rich, less able child?  Read more

Chris Cook

New Hefce data show England is experiencing the start of a market in undergraduate places with a very sudden shock. Read more

Chris Cook

One curiosity which is often overlooked in social policy discussion is who actually pays which taxes. Today, the Chancellor said that his reforming Budget would create:

A tax system where millions of the lowest paid are lifted out of tax altogether

He is referring to the policy of raising the income tax threshold towards a target of £10,000. But it is a mistake to say people below that line will be “out of tax”. Here is a graph, based on table 14 of this ONS document, showing how the tax burden varies.

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Chris Cook

The social mobility problem is not that there is a small number of weak schools serving a lot of poor kids. It is that poor children do badly in the majority of England’s schools. Read more