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Social Mobility - Open Letter to Main Political Parties

04 May 2017   (0 Comments)
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On the occasion of Creative Collisions 2017, eight of the partner organisations collaborated on an open letter to the main party leaders asking for renewed vigour to be placed on policy making to address social mobility problems:

Dear Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Farron, Caroline Lucas, Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood,

Social mobility in the UK is declining. The Social Mobility Commission’s most recent State of the Nation 16 report warns that Britain has a deep social mobility problem which is getting worse for an entire generation of young people.

Millennials may be the first to earn less than previous generations; home ownership among young people has halved in 20 years; only 1 in 8 children from low-income backgrounds is likely to become a high-income earner as an adult; if current trends continue, nine million low-skilled people could be chasing the same four million jobs, while at the other end of the labour market there will be a shortage of three million workers to fill 15 million high-skilled jobs by 2022.

Social mobility is an issue that’s been growing since the 1990s and as social divides become increasingly exposed, it’s arguably one of the most important and challenging issues facing British society today. As we enter a period of uncertainty, the global economy and technology are changing at an incomparable pace, tearing up assumptions of what it takes to succeed along the way.

This election offers an opportunity to accelerate social mobility, address social inequality and allow all young people to develop the social capital they need to thrive.

At Creative Collisions, the UK’s biggest youth sector event on 3rd May, our eight leading youth organisations will make a joint commitment to halt and reverse the downward trend in social mobility that threatens an entire generation of young people. State of the Nation 16:

  • Provide all young people with access to high quality youth services in their local community and online
  • Develop young people's life skills to help them transition to adulthood
  • Offer mentoring and support from positive adult role models, and increase access to information, advice and guidance
  • Provide suitable opportunities for volunteering, paid internships, training and employment

Together we can ensure future generations of young people have the skills, opportunity and support they need to thrive and contribute positively to society and our economy.

Yours faithfully,

UK Youth, The Scouts Association, Girlguiding, Vinspired, The Mix, NYA, Leap Confronting Conflict and Ambition