There is concern that a ‘perfect storm’ of graduate debt, lack of finance and job insecurity is brewing

For the first time in a century, today's middle-class children will be ‘worse off than their parents’

A grandmother in her 80s now has a higher average living standard than someone in their 20s who is working, due to high housing costs and poor wages, a government commission will warn this week.

Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband hits back at criticism of his Labour leadership from Blair and allies

Ed Miliband tonight hit back at criticism of Labour's direction under him from Tony Blair and his allies, accusing them of being out of date and out of touch with the public.

Mid Staffs scandal: Patient interests were neglected for years by NHS mangers as hospitals concentrated on cutting waiting times, Sir David Nicholson tells MPs

Sir David Nicholson accepted that he was “part” of an environment where the leadership of the NHS “lost its focus” and which indirectly led to the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of patients at Stafford Hospital

Students demand reinstatement of EMA

In October 2010, the Coalition Government confirmed that it would be scrapping the Education Maintenance Allowance scheme in England which had previously encouraged students from less affluent backgrounds to continue their education beyond the age of sixteen.

We can't let this obsession with class compromise academic standards at our top Universities

Alan Milburn, the Coalition's social mobility Tsar, has a set of new proposals to help disadvantaged pupils get into University. But has he really thought this through?

Alan Milburn, an independent reviewer on child poverty, said: ‘It is up
to the Government to come clean on this’

Milburn hits out at 'poison' of Britain's class system

Politicians who say they want to break down social barriers have been told to unlock closed-shop professions

Leading article: Child poverty needs more creative thinking

There is an alternative to throwing cash at the problem: affordable childcare

Alan Milburn, an independent reviewer on child poverty, said: ‘It is up
to the Government to come clean on this’

Come clean on child poverty failure, Alan Milburn tells Government

Adviser urges Cameron to act as cuts push more children below legally binding threshold

Lobbying: calls for transparency over former MPs' access to Parliament

Dozens of MPs who left the Commons at the last election have taken jobs in organisations involved in lobbying and have been given passes that give them privileged access to Parliament, an investigation for The Independent has established. Research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that one in five of the 79 MPs who have applied for Former Members' Passes after the 2010 election now work for companies or organisations with a possible interest in influencing present MPs.

Child poverty 'to rise for years,' says social mobility advisor Alan Milburn

Child poverty is set to rise "for many years to come" after an "almost certain reverse" in progress to wipe it out, the Government's advisor on social mobility said today.

Alan Pardew (centre) is all smiles as Yohan Cabaye celebrates the winner

Unbeaten Pardew proving perfect cup of tea for Toon

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Milburn slams 'car crash' NHS plans

Former health secretary Alan Milburn has branded the coalition's watered down NHS reforms the "biggest car crash" in the service's history.

Mary Ann Sieghart: Trouble is, David shares Ed's faults

I have a suspicion things would be only marginally different had the Labour leader's brother been in charge of the party

Clegg's own work experience casts shadow over social mobility drive

Nick Clegg had to own up to some embarrassing truths about his own privileged background yesterday as he launched his campaign to give everyone more equal opportunities in life.

Nick Clegg sets out social mobility plan

Nick Clegg claimed today that "birth has become destiny" for many youngsters as he set out the Government's strategy to improve social mobility.

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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