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  1. July 22, 2014

    Warning over threat to economy posed by bus funding cuts

    Cuts to bus funding are harming the UK economy and leaving people unable to get to work or the shops, campaigners have...

  2. June 25, 2014

    Scotland scraps right to buy council houses

    Scotland’s parliament has voted to scrap council tenants’ right to buy their houses, bringing a final end north of the...

  1. June 20, 2014

    Smartphone app makers connect with the homeless

    As app developers gathered at London’s first Technology Week, their industry was harnessing its power to reach out to one of...

  2. 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,...

  3. May 5, 2014

    Tory tax on property is perfect for the Piketty age

    A time traveller to modern Britain from the mid-20th century would not shake a righteous fist at the inequality we tolerate...

  4. April 17, 2014

    Plan to advise pensioners on life expectancy

    Pensioners could soon be told how long they are likely to live, under a government plan to help them manage their money...

  5. April 11, 2014

    Britain’s wealthy Asians get £6.5bn richer

    British Asians’ talent for generating wealth has been highlighted by a list showing that the 101 wealthiest individuals...

  6. April 2, 2014

    It is time for the state to jump on the property bandwagon

    Moving into the property trade as a buyer and seller of land is not an obvious way for a British government to burnish its...

  7. March 7, 2014

    Social mobility: a family affair

    When I was a child growing up in England three decades ago, I was confronted with the visual evidence of social mobility...

  8. February 21, 2014

    ‘Über middle class’ reshapes Oxford

    North Oxford used to be synonymous with academia – its distinctive Victorian Gothic houses abuzz with the debates and ideas...

  9. February 21, 2014

    Middle class ‘cling-ons’ squeezed out of London property market

    Large numbers of high earners have been locked out of the London housing market, according to an analysis by the Financial...

  10. February 21, 2014

    Rising UK house prices hit professionals hardest

    Middle-class professionals have been hit harder by rising house prices than any other group, forcing them to buy in cheaper...

  11. February 21, 2014

    Private school fees rocket out of reach for the ‘cling-ons’

    A private school education is soaring out of the reach of the professional classes – highlighting the struggle that many...

  12. February 14, 2014

    The fractured middle: UK salary split sees übers pull ahead

    A deep divide has opened among Britain’s high earners, with an “über-middle” elite reaping the rewards of globalisation...

  13. February 14, 2014

    The fractured middle: Winners and losers of divided class

    In St Albans, secure redoubt of the home counties middle class, the First Tuesday Book Club is discussing 1984 over pizza...

  14. February 14, 2014

    The fractured middle: Gulfs grow within, and between, professions

    For decades, a professional qualification promised a life of comfort, if not prosperity. Accountants, engineers, doctors and...

  15. January 22, 2014

    A better interview is the way to reduce bias

    One of the world’s top law firms has removed the names of universities from potential recruits’ application forms to reduce...

  16. December 13, 2013

    British working-class MPs becoming a rarity

    David Cameron’s favourite think-tank will call on Friday for action to reverse the dwindling number of working-class MPs....

  17. December 3, 2013

    London’s mayor is half right on envy, greed and inequality

    Boris Johnson has a talent for carefully calculated imprudence. The London mayor says, apparently artlessly, things others...

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    November 28, 2013

    Boris could learn from London

    Boris Johnson’s speech on Wednesday night to the Centre for Policy Studies is receiving attention for his comments on...

  19. November 27, 2013

    Johnson warns on increasing inequality in Britain since recession

    Boris Johnson has warned that inequality in Britain is worsening after five years of recession, arguing that a decline in...

  20. November 24, 2013

    Aiming higher

    Since the 1963 Robbins report, widening access to university has been a central aim of UK education policy. Roughly half of...

  21. November 22, 2013

    The young are doomed – and only the old can save them

    Youth has its consolations. I can move up and down stairs with relative ease and my forehead has not yet encroached upon my...

  22. 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,...

  23. November 15, 2013

    Taking on middle class privilege poses tough choices for politicians

    When Sir John Major this week railed against the domination of power by a privately educated elite, he was simultaneously...

  24. November 15, 2013

    No one knows a thing about social mobility

    “Sir John Major, the former Conservative prime minister, said he found it ‘truly shocking’ that ‘in every single sphere of...

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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...

  26. November 11, 2013

    Cameron vows Help to Buy plan will deliver social mobility

    David Cameron vowed that his Help to Buy scheme would deliver the social mobility that Sir John Major said was lacking in...

  27. November 8, 2013

    ‘Overhaul needed’ in grammar school admission criteria

    Grammar schools should consider overhauling their admissions criteria to counter new findings that privately educated...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

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    October 17, 2013

    What we talk about when we talk about social mobility

    Social mobility is public policy’s equivalent of unified field theory: an abstract, controversial idea that seeks to unite...

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