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STUDY EXPOSES CONTINUING CLASS DIVISIONS

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A report commissioned by health minister Yvette Cooper has found that Britain is still a class-ridden society with ...
A report commissioned by health minister Yvette Cooper has found that Britain is still a class-ridden society with the gap in educational and job opportunities between rich and poor as deep as ever.

The Guardian (p1) reports that the study, to be published this week, will form a central part of the factual and ideological justification for the big increases in public spending to be announced in next week's spending review.

The new research, by the Smith Institute, is based on two massive tracking surveys of 16,000 people born in single weeks in 1958 and 1970.

In a foreword, Ms Cooper writes: 'The opportunities gap between those from different social backgrounds was no different for those born in 1970 than it was for children born in 1958.

'Although those born in 1970 had better educated parents and so started from a better position, the gap between those from professional and unskilled backgrounds has remained the same.'
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