The Social Mobility Commission report, State of the Nation 2017 – Social Mobility assesses the progress made in the UK towards improving social mobility. The report has created a social mobility index against which it ranks all English local authorities. Using 16 indicators, the index assesses the education, employability and housing prospects of people across the country.

We have summarised the findings in short report State of the Nation 2017 – Social Mobility Briefing, including showing St. Helens position compared to the rest of the UK.

In summary the findings show that there is ‘a large and growing gap between those places that offer good opportunities for social progress – what are called social mobility hotspots and – those that do not – the coldspots – and that there is a stark social mobility postcode lottery in our country today’. The Commission concludes that there is a ‘fracture line running deep through our labour and housing markets and our education system and those on the wrong side of this divide are losing out and falling behind’. On the positive side the report acknowledges that ‘local policies adopted by local authorities and employers can positively influence outcomes for disadvantaged residents and with the right approach, the transmission of disadvantage from one generation to the next can be broken’.

Overall St. Helens rank is 220 out of 324 English local authorities, with the highest rankings having the best social mobility outcomes (the hotspots) and the lowest rankings having the worst (the coldspots). The Social Mobility Commission have published all the data used to create the Social Mobility Index and a spreadsheet is available on the GOV.UK website, showing individual local authority scores and rankings for each of the 16 indicators.