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Scandal of Social Mobility in Ipswich

November 28, 2017 8:31 PM

The Social Mobility Commission has today published its index showing the prospects in England of someone from a disadvantaged background and the chances they have of obtaining a decent standard of living. Ipswich ranks 261st out of 324 local authority areas and is rated, like many parts of East Anglia, as a coldspot. Being a post-industrial town is undoubtedly a major reason for this problem but County Cllr. Inga Lockington also feels that the decline in educational attainment under Tory controlled Suffolk County Council is also a major factor and says: " Since the Tories took back control of the County Council, 12 years ago, they focused on reorganising rather than supporting our schools and the previously strong performance of Suffolk education declined compared with other Education Authorities.

Some years on, after many pupils have passed through our schools, the County Council has perhaps recognised this with the"Raising the Bar" initiative but we really should not have been in this position. Our Local Schools are working hard for their pupilsshould expect the support of a positive and committed Education Authority". In January this year, the Government also identified the grave situation in Ipswich and has made the town an Opportunity Area, opening the way for additional funding.

Cllr. Oliver Holmes remarks: "In my area of St Margaret's, you can see the vast differences in opportunities residents have between some of the wealthiest parts of Ipswich and also the most disadvantaged. We have to make sure everyone has a fair chance in life."

More details of the index can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-mobility-index

Cllr Inga Lockington