Why is it getting harder to secure a job that matches our qualifications, buy a home of our own and achieve financial stability?
Underprivileged people have always faced barriers, but people from middle-income families are increasingly more likely to slide down the social scale than climb up.
Duncan Exley, former Director of the Equality Trust, draws on expert research and real life experiences – including from an actor, a politician, a billionaire entrepreneur and a surgeon – to issue a wake-up call to break through segregated opportunity. He offers a manifesto to reboot our prospects and benefit all.
Duncan Exley is the former Director of the Equality Trust, a charity founded by the authors of The Spirit Level (Penguin, second edition 2010) to address economic inequality in the UK. A former student of economic and social history, he has had a long career in leading campaigning organisations and projects that use research to change government policy and corporate practice.
Despite being the son of a shop assistant and a ‘pit electrician’, Duncan has been described as part of ‘the establishment’. He tweets as @Duncan_Exley.
Introduction: What the hell am I doing here?;
The Great Meritocracy: How socially mobile is the UK?;
Do life-chances begin at birth?;
Choosing a path;
Higher education (formal and informal);
Getting a job;
Work versus wealth;
Does social mobility matter?;