"Great oaks from little acorns grow"
14th century proverb.
A new chair and a proposed bill for the Social Mobility Commission that gives it powers to enable it to grow greater in influence.
"The proposed amendments would generate the Social Justice Act 2018 and change the remit to one that is very much proactive. This move is designed to make it capable of getting change to happen by directly influencing legislation as it emerges."
The gauntlet has been thrown down. Will government pick it up?
"The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope."
Claudio in Measure for Measure.
“By the time the commissioners walked out in December, there were only four of them left. The commission had started with 20, but there had been no renewals since March 2015. An appointment process at the beginning of 2016 was described as “farcical”. The commission was left to dwindle, which seems totally at odds with the Prime Minister’s commitment to social justice”.
That said, it is apparent that she has the experience to match the challenge. This is because the Social Mobility Commission itself goes back some years and has its roots in the Child Poverty Act 2010, and latterly the Welfare Reform Act 2012 ‘Life Chances’ and Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. These origins will be very familiar to Martina Milburn. Originally called the ‘Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, it changed emphasis later to become ‘The Social Mobility Commission’. Its current remit is very constrained in being expected to: Promote social mobility in England: On request, provide advice to Ministers about how to improve social mobility in England: Report on the progress being made towards improving social mobility in the United Kingdom. The commission could evolve to be something very different.
Mike Larkin, retired from Queen's University Belfast after 37 years teaching Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genetics.