Following a pre-appointment hearing on Wednesday, the Education Committee has endorsed Dame Martina Milburn, the Government’s preferred candidate to be Chair of the Social Mobility Commission.
Committee calls on new Chair of Social Mobility Commission to champion social justice
In endorsing Dame Martina, the Committee calls on her to hold Government to account by being a vocal champion of social justice.
The Committee calls on Dame Martina to set out her priorities and strategy for improving the impact of the Commission and concentrate on championing social justice rather than duplicating the work of other organisations and think tanks.
Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Committee, said:
“I welcome Dame Martina’s clear commitment and passion for social justice and pay tribute to her work with the Prince’s Trust.
I am also encouraged by her enthusiasm for vocational education and understanding of how apprenticeships and skills provide a ladder of opportunity for the most disadvantaged in society.
The Committee has endorsed the appointment.
We want to be sure that the pledges she has made to the Committee in terms of being a campaigner for social justice are evident in the way that she challenges both the Government and social injustice wherever it occurs.
Our Committee will be holding her feet to the fire on this.
We believe that the Commission must be more than just a think tank but a body that really transforms social justice in our country and one that will have a role in assessing the impact of key domestic legislation in terms of whether it enhances or is harmful to social justice.
Dame Martina also stressed that she wanted a board of Commissioners drawn from a broad spectrum of society and would also appoint apprentices to the secretariat.
The Commission should have the capacity to champion social justice and influence policy.
Our hope is that it is not just made up of the great and the good but represents people from all backgrounds and all parts of the country and flies the flag for social justice.”