Faisal Rashid, MP for Warrington South, has called on the Treasury Minister, Elizabeth Truss, to outline what steps the Government is taking to ensure that young people are not disproportionately affected by Government cuts.
The Social Mobility Commission recently released it’s 2017 State of the Nation Report. According to the report, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to go into higher education, will earn less in work and will attain fewer top jobs.
Faisal asked the Minister:
“Today’s state of the nation report makes very clear the barriers to social mobility facing many young people in England. Given this Government’s record of cuts to social funding and school funding, raising tuition fees, high youth unemployment and failure to produce affordable housing for families and young people, these findings are not surprising. What action will the Minister take to combat the intergenerational divide for young people right across the country?”
Expressing concerns about the Minister’s response, Faisal said:
“I asked the Minister to outline what steps the Government would take in light of these findings. Worryingly her response highlighted just out of touch this Government actually is.
“The State of the Nation report findings are concerning and the Government must act now to address them. Young people are the future of our country, and the Government must be prepared to invest in them. Every child deserves to have the best start in life and access to the same opportunities regardless of their background or where they live.
“Warrington placed 168th out of 324 in the State of the Nation Report, and I am extremely proud of the progress Warrington has made, especially in the opportunities it provides for young people. But I welcome Councillor Terry O’Neill’s recognition that we cannot be complacent, and I look forward to continuing to work with him and his Council colleagues to make Warrington a place that works for all.”