Increase child benefits by £ 10 per week, urge government social mobility advisers | Social mobility
Government social mobility advisers have called for a multibillion pound investment in welfare, education and jobs to place disadvantaged young people at the heart of and tackle UK recovery from the pandemic rapidly growing inequalities.
The Social Mobility Commission has said ending child poverty should be at the heart of Britain’s post-Covid plans, and is urging the removal of the two-child limit on benefits and increasing family allowances by £ 10 a week to raise 1.5 million children above the poverty line
It also offers massive investments in education to reduce the growing gaps in academic achievement between disadvantaged and privileged children, including additional financial support for disadvantaged students aged 16-19 and an increase in ‘catch-up’ tutoring. for disadvantaged students.
Without urgent investment, the next generation of young people face “decades of hardship” from the devastating impact of the coronavirus – and social mobility risks stalling in the face of worsening inequalities, he says in its annual report.
“Our proposals for resuming education, reducing child poverty by a third and creating opportunities for the disadvantaged will come at a high price, but they are essential to address the challenges we have identified – and they will benefit everyone in society, ”he says. .
The government’s upgrade plans should be as much about people as it is infrastructure, he says – and he warns that now is not the time to cut public spending. Taxes should be levied on the richest to pay for the investment, he says, and warns that “small funding at the margins” will have little impact.
Sandra Wallace, MSC Acting Co-Chair, said: “Now is the time to act and we must not back down from tough decisions. Now is the time to increase opportunities for children across the country. Ending child poverty and investing meaningfully in education are two of the most impactful and influential things the UK government can do to improve social mobility. “
He commends the government for “digging deep” to provide financial support to businesses and individuals affected by the pandemic, and says it must now dig again to take the same decisive step to improve social mobility, adding that “there could be no time for the UK government to come up with a plan of action.”
“Almost one in three children in the UK now live in poverty, around 4.3 million… Disadvantaged students in England are now up to seven months behind their more privileged peers in school, including including the gaps that widened last year. Young people were more exposed to job losses, with an 8.7% drop [in employment] for working class men aged 16 to 24, ”he says.
The government must not back down from tough decisions, he said, while a bold stimulus package “will ensure that the underprivileged are the first to get support to rebuild their lives and seize all opportunities, and build a Kingdom. Fairer united, post-pandemic ”.