Milburn has been giving interviews this morning and, although there is some evidence that social mobility has stalled in recent years, he struck an optimistic note. Here are the main points. But he stressed that it would take time to make a difference. As for the rest of the papers, here are some stories that are particularly interesting. The heads of universities across Britain suggest that a toughening up of rules surrounding student visas may drive bright applicants towards institutions in other countries. In a letter to David Cameron, they call on the Government to remove university students from net migration figures to help drive the economy and boost university income.
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Two-thirds of poor children are now from families where an adult works, his report found. Many low and middle-income children face being "worse off" than their parents because of falling earnings and rising prices, Mr Milburn added. The former Labour health secretary suggested some benefits currently protected from cuts - such as free TV licences and winter fuel allowances for pensioners - could be means tested in order to share the burden of austerity more fairly.
But a spokesman for David Cameron said: "The prime minister believes it is right to make commitments to pensioners in relationship to state provision.
The report warns social mobility is "flat-lining" after big shifts in the middle of the last century and "could go in to reverse", with the young paying the highest price. It calls for higher minimum wages and more universal help so poor working families get help as well as those out of work. In an age of austerity, the authors suggest creating a fairer society will be far from pain-free. The report said Britain still had "high levels of child poverty and low levels of social mobility" with a rising number of children in "absolute poverty" coming from working families.
Two thirds of children officially deemed as being poor now came from a family where at least one parent was working - and in three out of four of those cases, at least one of their parents was working full time, the report found.
It also said the "twin problems of high youth unemployment and falling living standards" were storing up problems for the future. Mr Milburn told the BBC: "Today child poverty is a problem for working families rather than the workless or the work-shy.
Mr Milburn has previously said social mobility - the idea that individuals can better themselves in terms of educational opportunity, job prospects and salaries from one generation to the next - is "flat-lining".
Social mobility: Alan Milburn's report makes for depressing reading
Two-thirds of poor children are now from families where an adult works, his report found. Many low and middle-income children face being "worse off" than their parents because of falling earnings and rising prices, Mr Milburn added. The former Labour health secretary suggested some benefits currently protected from cuts - such as free TV licences and winter fuel allowances for pensioners - could be means tested in order to share the burden of austerity more fairly. But a spokesman for David Cameron said: "The prime minister believes it is right to make commitments to pensioners in relationship to state provision.
Alan Milburn: 'Threat to new era of social mobility'
Alan Milburn, who is standing down as chair of the Social Mobility Commission. I do so with much sadness. I was appointed chair by the coalition government in and my term of office has come to an end. I understand the current government will launch an open process for a new chair in I will not be applying. I am deeply proud of the work the commission has done to champion the case for greater fairness in Britain. Our research and advocacy work has helped put social mobility at the heart of the national debate about the future of our country.
The government is unable to commit to the social mobility challenge
Share via Email Are universities failing to look beyond grades to the wider problem of the admissions process? The report also claims that an estimated 3, state school students with the right grades to get into Russell Group universities fail to get a place each year, up from "the missing 3," we first documented when I was at the Sutton Trust in The reasons for this are of course complex and varied. But if they appear opaque, I am increasingly convinced that the solution lies in greater transparency. Students need to know not only what data is oris not being used in the assessment of their applications, but, I would argue, they should be able to trust that their data is being used in the same way by each institution they apply to, so that their chances of getting a place reflect their genuine capabilities regardless of their background.
Fair access to professional careers: a progress report
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 - these treadmill families are running harder and harder, but are standing still. The problem is not just social division, but a widening geographical divide between the big cities - London especially - and too many towns and counties across the country are being left behind economically and hollowed out socially. The State of the Nation report, which was laid before Parliament this morning, lays bare the scale of the social mobility challenge facing the government. It finds fundamental barriers, including an unfair education system, a 2-tier labour market, a regionally imbalanced economy and an unaffordable housing market.