Young men who come from workless households are less likely to find a job or earn as much as their peers. This is especially true for young men from ethnic minority backgrounds.
One in three children mainly from poorer backgrounds spend little or no time in after school clubs. If they did attend them, would they do better at school and could it help close the attainment gap between rich and poor?
How does where you grow up affect your life chances? Evidence from Germany suggests that disadvantaged young people fare less well than their peers during recessions.
The attainment gap between rich and poor remains stubbornly wide. Reducing it will take time but, in the meantime, improving the quality of teaching and making it more relevant to the needs of poorer children could have a significant effect on raising their attainment.
When it comes to work, what is the picture when it comes to women from an ethnic minority background and their White counterparts? Are there implications for income and poverty within different ethnic groups and for those battling poverty?
New welfare policies aim to cut benefit bills by increasing the number of people in paid work, improving skills and ensuring fairer access to opportunities. But how well do they work?
Widening participation; encouraging more people from deprived backgrounds to go to university, is seen by many as a key driver to improved mobility. So why do working class students still face significant barriers in matching their better off peers in terms of achieving examination success?
Social mobility is likely to be on the lips of many a politician as we head towards the General Election. But just how socially mobile are people from ethnic minority backgrounds compared with their white counterparts?
The years since 1990 have been littered with policy failures rooted in a misunderstanding of ordinary households. So says Professor Sir Ivor Crewe of Oxford University, who believes large scale household surveys like Understanding Society could help policy makers and politicians get it right.
The government is investing billions of pounds in free early years education for three and four year olds and plans to extend it to two year-olds. But is it an investment that’s paying off for children and mothers?