Social Mobility and Child Poverty review - Call for evidence

The Government has appointed Alan Milburn as Independent Reviewer of Social Mobility and Child Poverty, pending the establishment of a statutory Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission next year. 

Read the Terms of Reference for the Review.

The Commission will be issuing its first report to Parliament in Spring next year. This Call for Evidence will help inform that report, alongside Alan Milburn’s discussions with a broad range of stakeholders, including:

  • employers
  • universities
  • government departments
  • voluntary and community sector
  • parents and young people. 

The report will also take into account the evidence collected for:

  • Alan Milburn’s review Unleashing Aspiration: The Final Report of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions
  • Frank Field’s review The Foundation Years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults
  • Graham Allen’s review of Early Intervention
  • the Child Poverty Strategy Consultation. 

The Call for Evidence explores questions around how child poverty and social mobility are linked, and the examples of how projects can be set up and expanded and progress measured on these issues. Your responses will help the Independent Review to build recommendations for what action Government, and wider civil society, should take in order to raise social mobility and tackle child poverty. 


Please only respond to those questions which are relevant to you or your organisation.

  • What do you think are the links between social mobility and child poverty?
  • What are the main barriers which stop people moving out of poverty or which prevent people from slipping into poverty?
  • Do you think the Government’s policies, in particular the social mobility and child poverty strategies, will improve people’s life chances?
  • Are there other policies that could be implemented for the same cost which would ensure that all citizens have the same opportunities?
  • How can we create the right mix of practical and financial support to ensure that all people have opportunities to get on in life?
  • What are the best examples of projects which have brought about real progress in creating a fairer, more mobile society?
  • What are the best examples of where effective projects have been expanded and best practice shared with other areas or organisations?
  • What more should businesses, civil society and other non-government institutions be doing to improve social mobility and tackle child poverty?
  • What would be the best way to measure progress on social mobility and child poverty?
  • Do you think the indicators set out in the child poverty strategy and social mobility strategy are the right measures?  

How to respond

Deadline: 16 October 2011

Online: Call for evidence online question form (opens in a new window)

Email: You can repond by using the consultation response word form [RTF] and sending it to:

Post: You can also post your response to:

Independent Reviewer on Social Mobility and Child Poverty
c/o Sarah Hickey
Cabinet Office
70 Whitehall
London SW1A 2AS


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Publication date: 16/8/2011

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