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Tory policies are making social mobility and child poverty even worse | Frances Ryan

Damning judgments have been passed this week on these crucial indicators – and Theresa May and her predecessors are to blame for the deterioration in both

In the space of 24 hours this week the government was dealt two damning judgments on its treatment of disadvantaged children. First, on Sunday, came Alan Milburn and the entire social mobility team’s resignation, stating the government lacks “the necessary bandwidth to ensure that the rhetoric of healing social division is matched with reality”. Then the next morning the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s publication of research finding almost 400,000 more children have been plunged into poverty in the past four years. To put it in perspective, that means Theresa May and her predecessors have overseen the first sustained increases in child poverty in this country for 20 years.

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