Only one in seven young people think they have best chance of social mobility, survey finds

Younger people are the most pessimistic about their future and only one in eight believe they will have better finances and living standards compared to older generations. The Independent reports.

The survey, of more than 5,000 people, reveals that only 15 per cent of 18-to-24-year-olds think their generation – born in 1980s and 1990s – has the most opportunity to move up in society according to the YouGov poll.

The survey, published to coincide with the launch of the new Social Mobility Commission, finds that nearly half of people say that life chances depend heavily on who your parents are – while only a third think that everyone, regardless of background, has a fair chance to get on.

And the over 65s are much more likely to think that apprenticeships offer the best opportunity for progression, compared to the young people that many of these roles are aimed at, the survey found.

Martina Milburn, the latest chair of the Social Mobility Commission, said: “If we fail to act too many young people will continue to face challenges getting into colleges, universities and employment.”

Last year, all four members on the board of the Social Mobility Commission stood down in protest at the government’s lack of progress towards a “fairer Britain”.

The new commissioners – which include three people who are under 23 – are hoping to have a better grasp of the issues facing young people.

Saeed Atcha, one of the new commissioners, who is 22, said: “The poll shows [young people] are pessimistic about their future and they do not have the right opportunities. It’s vital that we take urgent steps to address this.” 

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