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      November 10, 2014

      Social mobility and millennials

      “Social mobility” is a leitmotif in British politics. Successive governments have launched strategies to improve “equality...

    2. October 20, 2014

      UK risks permanent split between rich and poor, says Alan Milburn

      Britain risks becoming a country “permanently divided” between the rich and poor, says a pre-election state of the nation...

    1. October 20, 2014

      Miliband’s plan to raise minimum wage comes under fire

      Ed Miliband’s plan to raise the national minimum wage to £8 by 2020 is “not at all ambitious”, Labour’s former health...

    2. August 28, 2014

      Privately educated dominate UK’s top jobs

      Britain is “a deeply elitist country”, says the head of a government-appointed commission that has found the top jobs are...

    3. June 9, 2014

      One in five children to live in poverty, says official commission

      The coalition’s flagship welfare reform programme is failing to restore momentum to the drive to tackle child poverty,...

    4. April 13, 2014

      Alan Milburn urges Labour party to court business

      Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have been urged by a senior Labour party figure to act and sound as if they support corporate...

    5. March 2, 2014

      The NHS is in an era of opportunity as well as challenge

      Grim. That is the word that best sums up the mood of the National Health Service, which has had to deal with the coalition...

    6. February 27, 2014

      Treasury blocks Duncan Smith plan to alter child poverty measure

      Iain Duncan Smith has been forced to shelve a plan to find a new way of measuring child poverty after the Treasury...

    7. November 15, 2013

      Class barriers keep poor out of professional careers

      The poorest Britons have no better chance of becoming a doctor, lawyer or accountant than they did almost 20 years ago,...

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      November 12, 2013

      Major discovers that Britain is an unfair meritocracy

      The South Norfolk Conservative Association’s annual dinner sounds like an event made for Alan Partridge but it is that other...

    9. October 23, 2013

      Blair health adviser to run NHS England

      An architect of Tony Blair’s health reforms, which introduced private sector competition into the NHS, has been appointed to...

    10. October 20, 2013

      Milburn the Great

      The curse of unearned poverty that afflicts millions of Britons is both a stain on the country’s conscience and a blot on...

    11. October 17, 2013

      Social mobility ‘risks going into reverse’

      Employers should “step up to the plate” to help tackle stagnating wages, the chairman of a government-appointed commission...

    12. June 17, 2013

      Top universities admitting fewer poor students

      Russell Group universities are admitting fewer poor students than a decade ago despite widespread efforts to increase social...

    13. October 19, 2012

      Plan to give mayor role in London schools

      Boris Johnson is backing a plan that would give him a strategic role in London’s school system as part of efforts to raise...

    14. October 18, 2012

      Universities urged to help poorer pupils

      Universities should cut bursaries and fee discounts for their students and put money and attention towards sponsoring...

    15. May 31, 2012

      ‘Fear of falling’ runs across all classes

      It is the dirty little secret beneath all social mobility drives: for some to rise, others must fall. As Alan Milburn urged...

    16. May 30, 2012

      Employers urged to diversify when hiring

      Employers should monitor the socio-economic background of their employees in order to check whether they are casting their...

    17. May 30, 2012

      ‘Wider access’ to professions needed

      The chance of “a social mobility dividend” will be squandered unless the professions and the government act to widen access...

    18. February 19, 2012

      Limit private hospital cherry-picking, say researchers

      Since Andrew Lansley first unveiled his sweeping reforms to the National Health Service, critics have cast them as an...

    19. February 7, 2012

      Lansley under fire over NHS reforms

      The controversial NHS reform bill will return to the House of Lords on Wednesday, amid fears among Conservatives that it...

    20. September 21, 2011

      Spads seen as vital to government

      Clare Short, the Labour former cabinet minister, famously dubbed special advisers as “the people who live in the dark”, but...

    21. June 16, 2011

      ‘Forces of inertia derail reform’, says CBI

      The government is “no further forward on public service reform” than when it took office, says the CBI employers’...

    22. June 15, 2011

      Milburn brands NHS reforms as ‘car crash’

      The coalition’s NHS reforms have been branded “the biggest car crash” in the history of the service by Alan Milburn, the...

    23. April 25, 2011

      Britain: The fairy-tale fantasy

      It has it all: love, pageantry and palaces; as every fairy tale should. When Kate Middleton and Prince William exchange...

    24. April 4, 2011

      Clegg to launch social mobility initiative

      Britain remains a socially polarised society, with more than half the nation’s judges, FTSE chief executives, senior doctors...

    25. Westminster Blog

      February 4, 2011

      Another Labour figure joins Cameron's GOAT herd

      My colleague Nick Timmins passes on the information that Julian  Le Grand, the former health adviser to Tony Blair, is to...

    26. February 4, 2011

      UK creates task force to aid staff mutuals

      Julian Le Grand, former health adviser to Tony Blair, is to lead a task force aimed at helping public servants quit their...

    27. Westminster Blog

      January 13, 2011

      Adonis turns down government role

      I revealed in this morning’s FT that Andrew Adonis has turned down a post as the government’s fuel poverty tsar – the same...

    28. January 12, 2011

      Adonis rejects Cameron job offer

      David Cameron has made his most audacious attempt so far to bring former New Labour ministers into his “big tent” government...

    29. Westminster Blog

      January 7, 2011

      Former Labour minister turns down coalition job

      David Cameron has proved remarkably adept at drafting former Labour ministers into his “big tent”. It is a device which...

    30. October 15, 2010

      Clegg in pitch to help poorer children

      Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister, is to promise a £7bn ($11.2bn) “fairness premium” spread over four years aimed at...

    31. September 13, 2010

      Rose set for private equity after M&S exit

      Sir Stuart Rose is to join private equity group Bridgepoint as an adviser in the first new job for the outgoing Marks and...

    32. September 3, 2010

      Mr Blair: memoirs of a decider guy

      Tony Blair’s memoirs speak at length of his decisiveness. As his premiership went on, he notes: “Being in touch with opinion...

    33. August 15, 2010

      Alan Milburn to be social mobility tsar

      John, now Lord, Prescott, campaigning with Alan Milburn and Gordon Brown in 2005, has led the attack on Labour...

    34. June 28, 2010

      Call to pay interns 'training wage'

      Interns should be paid a minimum £2.50-an-hour "training wage", bringing them into line with apprentices, the Chartered...

    35. June 28, 2010

      Call to pay interns ‘training wage’

      Interns should be paid a minimum £2.50-an-hour “training wage”, bringing them into line with apprentices, the Chartered...

    36. Westminster Blog

      June 1, 2010

      Labour leadership: Whose endorsement matters?

      Several major Labour figures are yet to step out and endorse any of the six leadership candidates: whose backing should make...

    37. Westminster Blog

      May 31, 2010

      When was the last Treasury chief secretary with City background?

      John Redwood argues that the job of chief secretary to the Treasury is more political than financial; and therefore Danny...

    38. May 31, 2010

      Take foundation trusts off NHS books, says regulator

      NHS foundation trusts should be given the freedoms they were originally promised in order to put them on a more equal...

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