Yesterday I spoke in the opposition day debate on Social Mobility in the UK.
Under this Government, the UK is second only to the US in terms of inequality among major economies in North America and Europe, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. In its report, published this month, the IFS found that average CEO pay among FTSE 100 companies in the UK in 2017 was 145 times higher than the salary of the average worker, up from 47 times higher back in 1998.
This is a clear step backwards from the work done in this country to promote social mobility and allow each and every person in the country the opportunity to work hard and push on in life, with opportunities in work and life to succeed and do better than their parents, and for their children to do better than them.
Genuine progress was made under the last Labour Government, now the government chooses to twist employment facts in order top justify its failed policies. We need change now.
To make matters worse for the Government, the entire board of the Government’s own Social Mobility Commission resigned in 2017, citing the Government’s lack of progress in creating a fairer society.
The Commission, which suffered a near year-long delay in appointing replacements, warned last month that “social mobility has been virtually stagnant for four years”. Yet another Tory failure.
How long can we go on like this? The Government has failed the public time and time again, and always leaves the most vulnerable and deprived to fend for themselves. This doesn’t have to be this way and the next Labour Government will create lasting change in our society.
Last weekend the Labour Party announced that the next Labour government will create a new Social Justice Commission to replace the Social Mobility Commission.
The core value behind this new commission will be the idea that no one will be left behind and to fend for themselves. We will stand together and fight for social mobility.