Disadvantaged children face worse outcomes in some rich areas – report

Children from deprived backgrounds face the worst prospects in some of the richest parts of the country, according to a damning new study that lays bare deep geographical divisions across Britain.

An annual report by the government’s own social mobility watchdog warns that while London and its suburbs are pulling away, rural, coastal and former industrial areas are being left behind.

Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility Commission, highlighted how the Brexit vote made the geographical divisions clear, but said the monumental task of leaving the EU had left the government with little capacity to tackle the underlying causes. Read more