TUC response to social mobility White Paper

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date: 13 January 2009

embargo: For immediate release

Responding to the Government's White Paper on social mobility published today (Tuesday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'The Government is right to identify that social disadvantage holds people back in this country.

'But evidence shows that social mobility is greatest in societies with low levels of income inequality. For everyone to have an equal chance of success there needs to be a much smaller gap between rich and poor in the first place.

'The TUC looks forward to further discussion on the proposals, including the new duty on public services to tackle social disadvantage.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- The link between social mobility and income distribution was most recently recognised in the report Growing Equal? Income distribution and poverty in OECD countries published in October 2008 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The report is located at http://www.oecd.org/document/53/0,3343,en_2649_33933_41460917_1_1_1_1,00.html

- The TUC has produced two leaflets to help working people in the recession, Coping with the Economic Downturn (produced with input from Citizens Advice) and Facing Redundancy. Both leaflets can be downloaded for free from www.worksmart.org.uk - the TUC's world of work website - which contains questions and answers on all aspects of redundancy. In addition, the TUC's Know Your Rights Line on 0870 600 4882 (national rate, daily 8am-10pm) offers information to callers on a wide range of workplace issues including redundancy.

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