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‘Whether the measure is social mobility or standards of living there is the lurking feeling that we are watching hard-won progress being thrown away.’ Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images. n the space of 24 hours this week the government was dealt two damning judgments on its treatment of disadvantaged children. First, on Sunday, came Alan Milburn and the entire social mobility team’s resignation , stating the government lacks “the necessary bandwidth to ensure that the rhetoric of healing social division is matched with reality”. Then the next morning the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s publication of research finding almost 400,000 more children have been plunged into poverty in... Full story

7 December