United Kingdom - Critical report from governmental advisory body - November 30, 2016

The Social Mobility Commission’s State of the Nation 2016 report warns that the country has a deep social mobility problem which is getting worse for an entire generation of young people. The impact is not just felt by the poorest in society but is also holding back whole tranches of middle- as well as low-income families. The problem is not just social division, but a widening divide between the big cities - London especially - and too many towns and counties that are being left behind economically and hollowed out socially. The report reveals that millions of workers have experienced a 5 percent real terms average fall in wages since 2008 and young workers have seen a 15 percent decline in hourly pay. When rising housing costs are taken into account, the picture looks even worse. The commission recommends the government e.g. to focus on moving people from low pay to living pay and to introduce a legal ban on unpaid internships.

English: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/state-of-the-nation-report-on-social-mobility …

The report: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads … 

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