UK most ‘unequal society in Europe’ : i News

The Brexit vote was strongly influenced by personal feeling over immigration, particularly among poorer voters, a study has found. (Photo: Getty)

The UK is the most unequal country in Europe, according to research by a leading Oxford academic. A study by Oxford University Professor Danny Dorling shows that social mobility has gone into reverse in Britain, with a child’s place of birth increasingly determining the options available to them. Prof Dorling’s research reveals that a straight A grade student from the south of England is more than twice as likely to be accepted to Oxford University as a student with the same grades from the North. ‘Commitment required’ Speaking ahead of a conference held by social mobility charity the Bridge Group where he will present his evidence, Prof Dorling said: “Both economically in terms of incomes, and educationally in terms of opportunities, the UK is now the most unequal country in Europe. “Reducing inequalities requires a commitment, not just from the education sector, but across the board.” Prof Dorling’s study will also reveal that how much a child’s parents earn, as well as where they live, is also a key factor when it comes to their life chances. The study will be presented alongside similar research from Birkbeck, University of London and UCL Institute of Education, which shows young people from more disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to be put off university due to the high levels of debt associated with it. Universities will from September be able to increase tuition fees in line with inflation, meaning students will face costs of up to £9,250 a year from the autumn.

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