Bury North MP James Frith and the cross-party Education Select Committee has produced a report calling on the Government to give more powers to the Social Mobility Commission in order to address the UK’s social crisis.
The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) is the advisory body which promotes and monitors progress towards improving social mobility in the UK.
To live up to the promise of the Prime Minister’s words that Britain becomes “a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us”, the Education Committee calls for the SMC to have greater resources and powers to enable it to publish social justice impact assessments on Government policies and to proactively advise Ministers on social justice issues, rather than just at the request of Ministers as currently.
Speaking after the publication of the report, James Frith said:
“My Labour, Conservative and SNP colleagues from the Education Select Committee are united in our view that without stronger powers, the Social Mobility Commission will be unable to tackle social injustices and give the most vulnerable in society the chance they deserve to climb the ladder of opportunity.
“We are calling on the Government to lead from the front on tackling social justice, with a Minister given specific responsibility for this area of work and the creation of a new body inside Government to drive forward initiatives across Whitehall to ensure social justice is delivered across the country.”
The Education Committee is clear that the Commission should seek to offer all people equal access to opportunities and recommends the name be changed to the Social Justice Commission.
Alongside the report, the Committee has published a draft Bill to be tabled in Parliament which would give effect to all the changes to the Social Mobility Commission that the Committee recommends in its report.