Social Mobility, Immobility and the Future of Cities

Torsten Bell, Anna Dixon, Paul Gregg, Marvin Rees and Kit de Waal

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The British love the idea of social mobility, but Britain fails to make it a reality for many today. Cities have traditionally been the beating heart of the change, dynamism and social mixing that genuine social mobility requires. But is that still the case? There are fears that inequality is simply too high and that upward mobility is stagnating with cities becoming places for the wealthy to enjoy rather than engines of meritocracy. There are worries, too, about intergenerational fairness as policies benefit older people while younger generations are left behind, pushed out of city centres as their earnings fall and house prices rise. What can our country and our cities do? Will devolution help develop social mobility? How confident are we that major cities, led by strong leaders, can make major change happen, with action on housing, transport, integration, school improvement, the transition from education to employment, and the design of shared civic spaces and services? Torsten Bell (Resolution Foundation) chairs a discussion with Anna Dixon, Centre for Better Ageing; Paul Gregg, University of Bath and member of the government’s commission on social mobility; Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol; and bestselling author – My Name is Leon – and advocate for social mobility through the establishment of a new scholarship fund, Kit de Waal.


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