Inequality and Social Mobility

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:57 pm on 12th June 2019.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Opposition Chief Whip (Commons) 6:57 pm, 12th June 2019

claimed to move the closure (Standing Order No. 36).

Question put forthwith, That the Question be now put.

Question agreed to.

Main Question accordingly put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House
notes the findings of the Institute for Fiscal Studies that the UK is second only to the US in terms of income inequality among the major world economies in Europe and North America, that the share of income going to the wealthiest one per cent of households has nearly tripled in the last four decades and that deaths from suicide and from drug and alcohol overdoses are rising among middle-aged people;
further notes that 1.6 million food parcels were handed out by Trussell Trust food banks last year and that child poverty has increased by 500,000 since 2010;
recognises that following the resignation of the entire Social Mobility Commission in November 2017 in protest against the Government’s inaction and a near year-long delay in appointing replacements, the new Commission has found that social mobility has stagnated for four years;
considers that the Government’s programme of austerity has decimated social security and led to growing inequality of provision across education, health, social care and housing;
further considers that the Government’s austerity programme has caused and continues to cause suffering to millions of people;
and calls on the Government to end child poverty, to end the need for the use of food banks and to take urgent action to tackle rising inequality throughout the UK and increase investment in public services.