Chloe Smith
MP for Norwich North

Social Mobility


Chloe’s Social Mobility project was launched in 2016 following the Social Mobility Commission’s report that found Norwich was one of the worst places for social mobility in the UK.

In April 2016 Chloe called together leaders from schools, businesses, local authorities, charities, religious and voluntary groups to take forward a project that would lead to real change in our city.

This project started off by looking into the issues that sat behind the headlines and research undertaken with young people themselves about how they felt about the future and whether Norwich was a cold spot for social mobility.

Chloe took the need for Government action and similar projects to Downing Street and the Prime Minister, together with the Secretary of State for Education, announced Norwich would be one of the first areas to benefit from their new scheme of Opportunity Areas.

Since then, Chloe has been heavily involved in the Norwich Opportunity Area to bring about change.

In 2017 Chloe became Chair of the Norwich Opportunity Area Youth Board, where she has an important role in reaching out to young people to gain their views on the work of the Opportunity Area.

You can read more about the Government’s social mobility agenda on the website here, and download the Norwich Opportunity Area Delivery Plan here.

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