My word Willy, you be careful there now

in the way it treated its children did not only single out child poverty as a cause of the problem – other factors included the factory-like education and training system,


For anybody young and unlucky to be trapped in one of our sprawling sink estates through the bad luck of birth, what chance is there?

Gosh, you mean that two of the largest government programs, those of education and social housing, are part of the problem?

Carry on like that and you\’ll end up arguing that the State provision of such things needs reforming…..

A third of the bottom 10% of wage earners in 2001/2, reports the Work Foundation\’s Bottom 10 Million programme, were still there in 2008/9.

Now that is an interesting number, isn\’t it? Economic mobility seems alive and well if 2/3 of the bottom 10% escape the bottom 10% in only 6 years……

3 thoughts on “My word Willy, you be careful there now”

  1. Surreptitious Evil

    How much of that mobility might be due to ageing?

    In 1985, for example, I was certainly in the bottom 10% of earners (and was in a full-time job). By 1991, in a different job I was an owner-occupier, on (IIRC) a distinctly not-measly if not-fat cat £15k ish.

    Which income would put me outside the bottom 10% even now and in 2011 GBP?

  2. SE: not to mention the new graduates from middle-class families working in Macca’s to pay beer and rent money, who’ll get proper jobs within the next couple of years. Also, people who retire from the workforce in the bottom pay bracket and don’t have private/top-up pensions are counted within the turnover, but are hardly making a step up in life.

  3. Well, yes. I neglected to mention that was post-school make-work to post-uni real job. And I’m not really a huge example for social mobility 🙂

    We (engineering grads) didn’t then have the post-graduation jobs famine that afflicts all sectors now and the more useless arts degrees even then.

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