Appointment of Chair, Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission - Education Committee Contents

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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]

4   Letter from Sarah Teather MP to the Chair, 15 May 2012  Back

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