Red flags flying high? China’s uncertain future

Thursday 20 September 2018

China, under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, has grown in confidence on the world stage, winning influence and control especially across Africa and Asia, and increasingly in Europe. But with the country facing major issues including high levels of debt, a middle-income trap, an aging population and institutional problems, is China’s authoritarian regime on … Continued

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From treadmills to stairwells: social mobility across advanced economies

Wednesday 19 September 2018

In recent decades, social mobility has stalled across advanced economies. The UK picture is more mixed – but recent OECD research found that richer families are more likely to stay rich and that the slow pace of mobility means it would take five generations for a poor family to reach average income. Looking across advanced … Continued

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Film screening: A Northern Soul

Wednesday 19 September 2018

As Hull was crowned the UK City of Culture for 2017, Steve Arnott – a warehouse worker and aspiring rapper – persuaded his employer to support his ‘Beats Bus’, a bus-turned-recording studio that tours schools and encourages children, many of whom live in poverty, to express themselves. Director Sean McAllister was born in Hull, returning … Continued

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Social mobility speech by Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds MP

Social mobility speech by Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds MP

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Boosting social mobility is now a widely shared goal of policy makers around the world. But actually achieving that goal is easier said than done. Parental achievement, rather than individual talent, remains a big determinant of young people’s opportunities in life. And schools, colleges, universities and employers all now recognise the need to do more … Continued

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Poverty and inequality: Lessons from the past, decisions for the future

Tuesday 24 July 2018

Since the financial crisis the strength and distribution of household income has dominated much of our political discourse, in stark contrast to a lack of discussion pre-crisis. But the experience of the past actually has much to teach us about the choices Britain faces today. So what has been the story of poverty and inequality … Continued

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