Social mobility board quits in protest at ‘lack of government action’

All four members of the board of the Social Mobility Commission have quit in protest at a lack of support from government. Alan Milburn became chair of the Social Mobility Commission in July 2012. In his resignation letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, Alan Milburn, a former Labour Health Secretary, who took up the role in July 2012, said individual ministers such as Education Secretary Justine Greening have shown a deep commitment to social mobility, but added that it has “become obvious that the government as a whole is unable to commit the same level of support”.

“[The government] is understandably focused on Brexit and does not seem to have the necessary bandwidth to ensure that the rhetoric of healing social division is matched with the reality,” the letter said. Read more.

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