Analysis of data produced by the government’s Social Mobility Commission has revealed that Swindon has gone backwards in terms of social mobility compared to the rest of the country.

The data, which looks at the comparative life prospects for disadvantaged young people under this Conservative Government, reveals that over the last year Swindon has fallen down the national rankings.

Figures reveal that:

– Swindon has been ranked 221st out of 324 local authority areas for overall social mobility

– This is a fall of 80 places since 2016, revealing the local authority going backwards, now below the national average in terms of overall social mobility.

These figures were part of the Social Mobility Commission’s State of the Nation Report

The Labour Group Leader in Swindon, Councillor Jim Grant, said,“Young people are being failed by the Tories. Huge cuts to public services have left councils struggling to cope and vital services like Sure Start Children’s Centres, which help give our youngsters the best start in life, have been axed.

This Tory failure has hit Swindon hard. Over the past year the authority has slid down the national league tables, meaning young people in this area aren’t getting a fair crack of the whip.

Our young deserve the best chance in life – their future life opportunities should be as good as the rest of the country. Labour will give opportunities to every child, whatever their background, by creating a National Education Service in government and locally by bringing back Children’s Centres and getting university education in Swindon.”

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