Since 2008, young people’s wages have fallen 16%, taking their pay to below 1997 levels, and across age groups one-in-five people in the UK are stuck on low pay – a consistently higher proportion than other comparable nations. We are an increasingly divided nation; by generation, region, income and wealth. While employment is high, real earnings have stagnated and some five million people are working in jobs below the skill level that they have already attained.
The essays in this collection shed light on the meaning of social mobility and meritocracy, and many of them, like us, challenge the usefulness of social mobility – if understood in a narrow sense of helping the ‘able’ reach the top – as a useful guiding concept for politics and policy. The pieces enrich our understanding of class in the UK today, what goals government needs to set, and what it would mean to have an equal economy and society.
Social housing need of the hour amid homelessness crisisAt a time when the social housing waitlist is weighed down with hundreds of thousands of people, the Scottish government has planned to reduce approximately £200 million in investment in social housebuilding. This could be disastrous and…
Health leaders, charities, experts and campaigners urge Chancellor to take action on ‘concerning’ state of UK health to deliver prosperity at Spring BudgetLeading health voices have written to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to urge him to deliver a bold strategy to transform UK health and deliver nationwide prosperity.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.