Recession preventing social movers and climbers
Most people believe the economic recession will make it harder for people to move up the social and employment scale.
A survey of 2,000 adults carried out in July by Ipsos Mori showed that, since spring 2008, there had been a fall of 15% percentage points in those who think people have equal opportunities to get ahead – 38% compared with 53%.
Sir Peter Lampl, chair of the Sutton Trust, commented: ‘Most people see this country as a land in which wealth and background are more important in determining opportunities in life than talent and hard work. The economic recession has made people more gloomy about their chances of rising up the social ladder which, sadly, confirms academic evidence that levels of mobility in the UK are lower than in many other advanced countries.’