Social mobility: State of the Nation Report

The Social Mobility Commission has published its fifth report into geographical variations in social mobility, suggesting that rural, coastal and formerly industrial areas are now worse for social mobility than towns and cities. Amongst the key findings are:

  • London accounts for nearly two-thirds of all social mobility hotspots
  • The Midlands is the worst region of the country for social mobility for those from disadvantaged backgrounds – half of the local authority areas in the East Midlands and more than a third in the West Midlands are social mobility coldspots
  • Some of the worst performing areas such as Weymouth and Portland, and Allerdale, are rural, not urban
  • Coastal and older industrial towns – places such as Scarborough, Hastings, Derby and Nottingham – are becoming entrenched social mobility coldspots
  • Some of the richest places in England, such as West Berkshire, Cotswold and Crawley, deliver worse outcomes for their disadvantaged children than places that are much poorer such as Sunderland and Tower Hamlets