An MK Council motion successfully put forward in September 2018 by Conservative Councillor Allan Rankine to convince MK Council to become a Social Mobility Champion and sign local businesses up to the Social Mobility Pledge has come under serious question at MK Council’s Full Council meeting this week.
Nearly two years ago, MK Council unanimously resolved to sign the social mobility pledge and become an accredited employer. This meant MK Council would partner with schools and colleges to provide work experience and apprenticeship opportunities to people with disadvantaged backgrounds and adopt new recruitment processes to prevent discrimination.
However, in response to Cllr Allan Rankine’s question that asked the Labour-led Council “when did they [MK Council] sign the pledge and become an accredited employer?”, the Leader of the Labour-led Council, Cllr Pete Marland, said “It should have been referred to cabinet … and I apologise for that and it doesn’t seem like social mobility has been picked up”.
This has raised serious questions that social mobility is not at the forefront of the Labour-led Council’s agenda and it shows evidence that a full council motion designed to give vulnerable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds a hand-up, has been ignored and forgotten about by the Labour-led Council.
Cllr Allan Rankine, the Conservatives Finance Spokesperson, said: "Milton Keynes has some of the highest deprivation rates in the country. Becoming an accredited Social Mobility employer involves practical measures that can really help some of our young people out of the poverty trap. I am desperately disappointed to find out that the Labour run administration has not taken this forward and I urge them to do so urgently"