The long shadow of deprivation: Differences in opportunities across England

A socially mobile country provides equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of background. This report from the Social Mobility Commission makes use of new data on all state-educated pupils born between 1986 and 1988, looking at their family circumstances and educational achievement, through to the labour market.

Social mobility in England is a postcode lottery, with large differences across areas in both the adult of disadvantaged adults, and the size of the pay gap for those from deprived families, relative to those from more affluent backgrounds. The report looks at how, while it drives opportunities, education alone is not enough to get on in the areas with the lowest social mobility. To equalise opportunities across the country, policy-makers need to prioritise areas with the lowest earnings, and consider what support can be targeted via local authorities to improve overall social mobility outcomes.

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Supporting the Third Sector through COVID-19

A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19 can be accessed here.

As ever, our dedicated CSI Representatives are here to understand and unpack the issues that the third sector is facing within the current ESIF programme which are affecting their ability to use European funds effectively. 

So that we can raise these issues at government level on your behalf and pro-actively work for solutions, we’re asking Third Sector organisations to tell us their experiences using these funds, in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. Please contact us via