Later today, Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, will deliver his first ever first Autumn Statement.
It’s not an enviable task, as over the last few months he’ll have been lobbied hard – and pulled in different directions – by his colleagues across Whitehall.
“Infrastructure investment” looks set to be a major theme, and while many will make strong cases for funding, the Chancellor could do a lot worse than listen carefully to the plans set out by the Secretary of State for Education to invest in areas where success is currently stalling.
In these communities Justine Greening has started to make an important case for boosting social mobility and unlocking the enormous potential of young people currently not getting the education they deserve.
In the post-Brexit world, it is going to be more important than ever that all of our young people are equipped to thrive in a competitive, global economy. There can be no greater infrastructure investment than investing in the futures of tomorrow’s workforce.