Former Social Mobility Chief: Government is Not Committed to Social Change

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Alan Milburn, the head of the Social Mobility Commission of the United Kingdom, has resigned, stating that the government of the United Kingdom is not committed to upholding equality and has become preoccupied with Brexit.

All four of the members of the board of the commission has decided to resign, including Baroness Shephard, the former Conservative cabinet minister.

This morning, Milburn said that the government was very preoccupied with Brexit to introduce policies regarding social change.

In his resignation letter, Milburn stated: “For almost a decade, I have been proud to serve under Labour, coalition and Conservative governments in various social mobility roles.

“I remain deeply committed to the issue, but I have little hope of the current government making the progress I believe is necessary to bring about a fairer Britain. It seems unable to commit to the future of the commission as an independent body or to give due priority to the social mobility challenge facing our nation.”

The education secretary, Justine Greening, said that the move of Milburn was about “getting some fresh blood” into the commission. Talking on the Andrew Marr show, Greening said that the government was making “transformational” changes to social mobility.