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life chances

the material advantages or disadvantages (e.g. material rewards, and social and cultural opportunities or lack of opportunities) that a typical member of a group or class can expect within a particular society. Originally a Weberian conception, and especially associated with WEBER's analysis of class and status, the concept has also been employed by DAHRENDORF (1979). Its focus is on inequality. Perhaps the most poignant of life chances is unequal distribution of health care, and associated inequality in life expectancy
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She knows, as well as anyone, just how much cash is needed to train and inspire the best teachers and how much resource is needed to help address social problems that hamper attainment and life chances at all levels.
The Raising Aspirations programme, designed by Positive Footprints, aims to improve the life chances of young people by building resilience, developing employability skills and opening up the world of work.
Today is International Men's Day and the UK's themes are "making a difference for men and boys" and "how we can give men and boys better life chances".
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Swinney said improving the education and life chances of young people was "the defining mission of this government".
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The Social Mobility Commission, led by North East-born former Labour minister Alan Milburn, has published the landmark 'State of the Nation' report, detailing the life chances of young people across the country.
It discusses the relationship between the family, social mobility, and the concept of equal life chances, considering how the family fits or does not fit into theories of social justice; the nature of intergenerational inequality, how it happens, and the factors involved; the use of the term oequality of opportunityo in political rhetoric and theoretical discussions; and policy areas that might be used to achieve a fairer distribution of life chances: replacing inheritance tax with an accessions tax, investing more in preschool support for families on low incomes, and redistributing childcare.
A global youth development index compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat highlights the deep divide between life chances for people aged between 15 and 29 in the West and the developing world.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: "This is damaging young people's life chances. It's vital these public services are protected."