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Blunkett plan to boost social mobility

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Former cabinet minister David Blunkett is to unveil a series of proposal to inject fresh impetus into New Labour's bid to tackle social exclusion.

The MP twice forced out of government will publish a pamplet following extensive talks with academics and "people in their communities".

It is billed as being "in support of the future success of the Brown premiership" and will be supported by a flurry of media activity.

Key proposals include:

  • An extension of child trust funds so that cash is released at key points in young people's lives such as higher education

  • Poorer pupils funded through a£80m fund which will provide mentors

  • Incentives for social housing tenents that sign up to "good behaviour" contracts whereby they can gain a capital stake in their homes

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