Social mobility evidence champion

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3205
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Government has recently appointed a Social Mobility Evidence Champion to collect data in 12 social mobility "cold spots" across the UK. Does London need its own evidence champion?

Answer

Answer for Social mobility evidence champion

Answer for Social mobility evidence champion

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Social Mobility Commission has found that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in London are "far more likely to achieve good outcomes in school and have more opportunities to do well as adults than those in the rest of the country".

But we can't be complacent - London boroughs make up a quarter of the worst performing areas on factors that affect social mobility such as median weekly pay or housing affordability.

In addition, we know that despite London's high performance on education, 38% of our children are not school-ready by the age of five; there are still striking gaps in educational attainment for certain ethnic groups; and recent research has demonstrated that London performs the worst of all English regions in terms of students dropping out from university in the first year of study.

Matthew Ryder, my deputy mayor for social integration, social mobility and community engagement has convened a social evidence working group that will build an evidence base for the GLA, including on these factors relevant to social mobility.