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Scarborough And Whitby MP Talks Social Mobility

Robert Goodwill

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:04am 7th December 2017.

We've been speaking to the MP for Scarborough and Whitby about social mobility. 

A report last week revealed Scarborough borough was one of the worst areas for social mobility in England, ranking 295th out of 324 areas surveyed. 

Scarborough has in fact gone up the rankings, as last year it was 312th in England. 

The Social Mobility Commission’s State of the Nation report stated:

"Coastal and older industrial towns – places like Scarborough, Hastings,
Derby and Nottingham – are becoming entrenched social mobility coldspots."

The report suggests that young people growing up in these areas have less chance of achieving good
educational outcomes and often end up trapped by a lack of access to further education and
employment opportunities.

Just days after the report was released, the head of the Social Mobility Commission, Alan Milburn, resigned because Theresa May was 'failing in her promise to build a fairer Britain.'

MP for Scarborough and Whitby Robert Goodwill said:

"Yes it's disappointing, but I think it's further justification for designating the Scarborough area as one of our 'opportunity areas.'

We announced £72 million for 12 'Opportunity Areas' around the country. That means money going into things like education, to make sure the children from poorer backgrounds have just as good an opportunity as those from the average, if there is an average, household.

A key aspect of the 'Opportunity Area' programme is engagement with employers, to help young people understand what opportunities are here on our very doorstep with new employers like Sirius Minerals and investment going into other companies in the area.

But I also just to raise people's aspirations. There are opportunities here, there's never been a better time to get a job in Scarborough, employment is down by 60% since 2010."


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