'Everyone’s got a role to play in tackling the social mobility problem'

'Everyone’s got a role to play in tackling the social mobility problem', says Social Mobility Commission

More housing would make a big difference, David Johnston says

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Everyone has a role to play in tacking social inequality - but the problem can be resolved with a dedicated, co-ordinated response.

That's according to the Social Mobility Commission, which has warned that many families on low incomes are being held back by a deep social mobility problem. The report mentions an unfair education system, regionally imbalanced economy, unaffordable housing and a two-tier labour market.

Social Mobility commissioner David Johnston told Sam Delaney: "Everyone’s got a role to play here and it won’t happen quickly, but we think with concerted effort progress will be made.

"Housing would definitely make a big difference...we want a new package of support for parents. You need employers to take down some of the barriers they're putting up through things like unpaid internships."

Listen to the full interview to find out more