An end to equality before the law?
Every public body will have to take class background into account when making decisions under radical new legislation unveiled by the Government today.
The law means that all public authorities – from Whitehall to local councils – will be subject to an over-arching legal duty to bridge the divide between rich and poor.
The new duty, which is to be tacked onto the Equalities Bill, has been described by one Cabinet minister as ‘socialism in one clause’.
But the Tories today released a report which they said undermined Labour’s claims that it was tackling a lack of social mobility.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Chris Grayling said: ‘Labour has had ten years to make a difference to social mobility but have failed.’