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Fixed Britain: Social mobility on the up and up

By James Crabtree  

Im upper class. Im more mobile than him.

I'm upper class. I'm more mobile than him.

British social mobility, so the received wisdom goes, is falling through the floor. A combination of conservatives, seeking to bash the Government, and the Government, seeking to justify further investments in social-mobility boosting public services, have agreed that Britain is now less mobile than it used to be.

One paper has been especially influential, the Sutton Trust’s work from economist’s Jo Blanden, Stephen Machin and Paul Gregg, who used British cohort…

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