Does the quitting of the Social Mobility Commission impact justice? | Hudson McKenzie

Does the quitting of the Social Mobility Commission impact justice?

December 4, 2017 | Latest Thinking, News

Following from the recent resignation of the former Social Mobility Commission leader, Alan Milburn (pictured above), questions arise as to whether this is a sign of things to come for Britain’s internal social mobility, post Brexit, and how much the quitting of the commission will affect the application of justice within Britain overall.

The U.K. government’s Social Mobility Commission predominately focused upon the on-going “place-based” divide within Britain, regarding the class, income, gender or race of any born British national.

So to measure the flux of social mobility, the Social Mobility Index records and analyses the prospects of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are currently doing well as an adult within Britain.

Following from this, it may be argued that the Social Mobility Commission is a key feature to Britain’s application of justice as a nation, particularly due to the ‘Right to Equal Opportunity’ being a fundamental aspect to an individual’s obtaining of Human Rights.

Therefore, as Alan Milburn also expresses doubt regarding the progressive leadership of Britain post Brexit, will the quitting of the Social Mobility Commission decrease the application of justice for Britain and its citizens overall, causing further internal disruption in the lead up to Brexit?

Whilst EU nationals within the U.K. await the final outcome of how their mobility between borders shall be affected, it may also be demonstrated that Britain’s own national citizens may simultaneously face problems regarding their own economic mobility – the opposite of what Brexit initially stood for.

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Author: Portia Vincent-Kirby