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Parts of Norfolk are some of the worst in England for social mobility, study finds

PUBLISHED: 11:11 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:11 28 November 2017

Norwich was found to be one of the worst local authorities in the country for social mobility. Photo: Nick Butcher.

Norwich was found to be one of the worst local authorities in the country for social mobility. Photo: Nick Butcher.

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Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Norfolk are less likely to succeed compared to someone living elsewhere in England.

A government report, which was published today, revealed that areas of Norfolk are some of the worst in the country for social mobility.

The study said a “stark social mobility postcode lottery” exists in Britain today, where the chances of someone from a disadvantaged background succeeding in life was bound to where they live.

The Social Mobility Commission’s State of the Nation report ranked all 324 local authorities in England in terms of their social mobility prospects for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Of those, five Norfolk local authorities were ranked in the bottom 65.

Breckland was found to be the worst in the county for social mobility, and was ranked at number 25.

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk was listed at number 28, followed by Norwich at 31 and Great Yarmouth at 32.

North Norfolk also made the list, and was ranked at 62.

None of Norfolk’s local authorities were ranked within the top 65 for having the best social mobility prospects.

The study used 16 indicators for every major life stage, from early years through to working lives, to map the nation’s “hotspots” and “coldspots”.

Nationally, it found that London accounted for nearly two-thirds of all social mobility hotspots, where people from disadvantaged backgrounds have the best prospects.

The Midlands was the worst region for social mobility, and half the local authorities in the East Midlands were labelled as “coldspots”.

The report has recommended:

• Every local authority should develop an integrated strategy for improving disadvantaged children’s outcomes and that Pupil Premium funds should be invested in evidence-based practice.

• Local authorities should support collaboration between isolated schools, subsidise transport for disadvantaged young people in isolated areas and encourage Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) to follow the North East LEP’s approach to improving careers support for young people.

• Central government should launch a fund to enable schools in rural and coastal areas to partner with other schools to boost attainment.

West Somerset was ranked the worst performer against social mobility indicators.

Westminster in London was ranked the best.

• The EDP and Evening News is looking to speak with people who have found success despite the social barriers they encountered growing up. Email luke.powell@archant.co.uk with your details.

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