Two-thirds of people in areas where 'red wall' fell in election are gloomy about life opportunities

Mail Online | 1/20/2020 | Steve Doughty Social Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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Less than a third of voters in the North East believe they have a chance of getting on in life without moving away, a study published today found.

The social mobility survey asked nearly 5,000 adults across the country whether they thought 'opportunities to progress' in their region were good or poor.

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Just 31 per cent of respondents in the North East thought there were good opportunities.

This is compared to 78 per cent in London and 74 per cent in the South East generally.

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The report, which highlights the huge confidence gulf between the regions and capital, led to calls for Boris Johnson to commit to investing in the communities that lent him their vote last month following the collapse of Labour's Red Wall.

Dame Martina Milburn, chairman of the Social Mobility Commission which produced the report, said: 'This poll is a call to action for this Government to do more to help social mobility. Politicians at national and local level must listen to it.

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'Regions which have been marginalised for decades should get the investment they need to provide opportunities for young people, so they don't have to move out to move up.'

The commission's report, based on a survey by YouGov, warned there was 'deep unease in many regions about whether people have the same access to good education, jobs and housing as those living in the South'.

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The report said: 'This 'Northern Wall' played out dramatically in the general election and has already become a focus of Mr Johnson's Government.'

The gap between the North and South 'highlights the need to make greater efforts to improve social mobility...
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