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9. The role of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty
Commission is to monitor progress by Government and others in
society against the objectives of improving social mobility and
reducing child poverty. It is a new advisory non-departmental
public body, established under the Welfare Reform Act 2012. The
Act sets out that the Commission must on request give advice to
a Minister about how to measure socio-economic disadvantage, social
mobility and child poverty. Such advice has to be published.
The Commission must also publish an annual report, to be laid
before Parliament by the Minister, on its views on progress made
towards the goals of improving social mobility and reducing child
poverty in the United Kingdom. The report must describe measures
taken by Scottish Ministers, Welsh Ministers and Northern Ireland
departments in accordance with the relevant strategy for those
countries, as well as progress towards the implementation of the
overall UK strategy. Ministers may also ask the Commission to
carry out other tasks relating to these goals.
10. In her letter of 15 May, Sarah Teather stated
that "the Chair will be expected to lead the Commission,
establishing it as an influential and credible voice on social
mobility and child poverty, as well as being an advocate and challenger
to external institutions for the social mobility agenda".
4 Letter from Sarah Teather MP to the Chair, 15 May