In response to Alan Milburn’s resignation as Social Mobility Commissioner, Imran Hussain, Director of Policy at Child Poverty Action Group, said:
"It's a genuine loss that Alan Milburn is resigning and totally dispiriting that it seems he is doing so because he has lost confidence in the government's willingness and ability to prioritise making society fairer.
"The government lacks a social reform programme, with the promised green paper on social justice failing to materialise, and its main poverty policy – universal credit – is actually rolling out child poverty. A government serious about improving life chances would put in place a clear strategy with clear targets and milestones to stop child poverty soaring to five million, as the Institute for Fiscal Studies projects.
"Alan Milburn has been an authoritative, thoughtful and passionate leader on social justice. The manner of his departure should send shockwaves in government."