Ruth Lupton

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    Social mobility under the coalition government: have the life chances of the poorest children improved?

Social mobility under the coalition government: have the life chances of the poorest children improved?

The coalition government has consistently emphasised greater social mobility as one of its central goals. But its attempts to improve life chances for disadvantaged children have been undermined by tax-benefit reforms that have reduced family incomes, and by cuts to services for pre-school children, say Kitty Stewart and Ruth Lupton.

How committed has the coalition government really been to furthering […]

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    An independent assessment of the coalition’s record on schools

An independent assessment of the coalition’s record on schools

Last week’s topic in the pre-election debate was schools. The Conservative party announced that it would protect spending on schools in cash terms, but not keep pace with inflation. It would also convert more schools to Academies, including those adjudged ‘requiring improvement’ by Ofsted. Labour retaliated by accusing the coalition of failing to tackle educational inequalities and damaging the education system […]

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    Selective cuts are not the way to achieve social policy goals

Selective cuts are not the way to achieve social policy goals

In this article, Ruth Lupton draws on a suite of reports on the Coalition’s social policy record, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Nuffield Foundation and Trust for London, to draw some conclusions about the strategic choices facing whichever government is elected in May.

Just after the 2010 general election, the newly-formed Coalition government declared that its most urgent task was to […]

Good measures matter: the government should stick with the child poverty measure it has got

Ruth Lupton explains why many social policy academics disagree with the governments proposed reforms to measures of child poverty. For one, the proposals appear to downplay the importance of income.  Research shows that income is a key driver of child outcomes. It should be measured in its own right.  That doesn’t mean that other things shouldn’t be measured as well – […]