Times letters: Role of good parenting in social mobility | Comment | #parenting


Sir, James Kirkup is right to say that good parenting is one of the keys that can unlock higher levels of social mobility (“Feed the children but help their parents too”, Oct 28). This is one of the great taboos in public policy. More support for low-income parents should be part of a number of levers to improve life chances for disadvantaged children. The government could start by supporting Marcus Rashford’s campaign to prevent child hunger. But it needs to go further. Since the start of the pandemic 60 per cent of the jobs lost have been among young people. As the recession bites the risk is that inequalities widen and social mobility goes ever more sharply into reverse. Older people have been the principal



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