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New Opportunities White Paper - Fair Chances for the Future

CAB/001/09
13 January 2009

The Prime Minister today launched plans for building fair chances for everyone to succeed in the new economy.  The New Opportunities White Paper sets out the Government’s agenda for capturing the jobs of the future and investing in families, communities and citizens throughout their lives to help them get on and ahead.

Liam Byrne lauches the New Opportunities White Paper with the Prime Minister

Liam Byrne lauches the New Opportunities
White Paper with the Prime Minister

Although the months ahead will be tough, the coming decade offers vast new opportunities for Britain, with up to a billion skilled jobs created worldwide in the coming years.  The Government is investing now to win those jobs for Britain – and to ensure new opportunities are open to anyone no matter their background.

Against the backdrop of record public investment planned for the next two years, the ‘New Opportunities White Paper’ details plans that cover the full range of government departments and offers focused support for people at key stages of their lives to make the most of their potential.

The Prime Minister said:

“During this global economic downturn we must continue to invest in people so they have a fair chance to achieve their potential.  The world economy is set to double and the expansion of digital and green industries will offer new opportunities.  We must be ready to seize these opportunities and ensure that these better jobs can be captured by everyone.”

Minister for the Cabinet Office Liam Byrne said:

Liam Byrne meets volunteers at the launch

Liam Byrne meets volunteers at the launch

“This Government is acting now to invest in families, communities and for people at every stage of life.  Britain is an aspirational country. But unlocking ambition isn’t free. It needs real investment now if our future performance is to match our future potential.”

Key measures include:

Early years - Supporting child development 

World class schools

Transitrion to work

Getting on in work


Supporting families

Notes to Editors

  1. The New Opportunities White Paper is available at: www.hmg.gov.uk/newopportunities
  2. For analysis of trends in social mobility see the Cabinet Office report ‘Getting on, Getting ahead’. 
  3. For analysis of trends in aspirations please see the Cabinet Office report ‘Aspirations and Attainment in Deprived Communities.
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