William Eichler 04 November 2019

Whitehall announces £18m for a dozen ‘left behind' areas

The education secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced that the Opportunity Area programme will receive more funding to help improve educational outcomes and careers advice.

The Opportunity Area programme, launched in October 2016, aims to improve social mobility in 12 areas that face social, economic and cultural challenges.

To date, the Department for Education has invested £72m into the selected areas, which include Blackpool, Derby, Norwich, Oldham, North Yorkshire Coast, West Somerset, Bradford, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich and Stoke-on-Trent.

Today’s £18m of funding extends the programme into a fourth year, which will run until August 2021.

‘Ability is evenly spread across the country, but opportunity isn’t,’ said Mr Williamson.

‘We’re determined to put right the wrongs of places left behind and see the Opportunity Area programme grow – helping local leaders and schools to tackle some of the greatest challenges young people face.

‘It’s not just about what happens now in these 12 areas but the impact these projects will have on future generations and paving the way for them to overcome obstacles to success.’

A report published in April by the Social Mobility Commission warned that inequality is ‘now entrenched in Britain from birth to work’.

After 10 years of austerity, the commission found that the better off are nearly 80% more likely to end up in professional jobs than those from a working-class background.

It also learnt that even when people from disadvantaged backgrounds get a professional job, they earn 17% less than their privileged colleagues.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Child and Family Support Worker - Supervised Contact

Essex County Council
£21531 - £28008 per annum + + 25 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pension
Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Newly Qualified Social Workers - Basildon

Essex County Council
Up to £29236 per annum + + Free On-Site Parking & Local Gov Package
Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It's an exciting time to join us. England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Child and Family Support Worker - Supervised Contact

Essex County Council
£21531 - £28008 per annum + + 25 Days Leave & Defined Benefit Pension
Closing Date
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Practitioner - Family Support and Protection

Essex County Council
£41552 - £50290 per annum + + Free On-Site Parking & Local Gov Package
Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It's an exciting time to join us. No England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Bank Support Worker - Cygnet Health Care - Cygnet Hospital

Essex County Council
Up to £20000 per annum
Bank Support Worker - Cygnet Health Care - Cygnet HospitalPermanent, Bank shifts £11.21 Per hourLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.