Data from the Millennium Cohort Study were used extensively by the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances, commissioned by the Government in 2010.

Tracking people over time enables us to see which factors are involved in inequality, social mobility and outcomes across the lifespan. Data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) were used extensively by the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances, commissioned by the Government in 2010.

MCS data were analysed by the University of Bristol to identify 'Life Chances Indicators' predicting future outcomes. The review report emphasised that children’s development during the first five years of life has the strongest impact on their life chances – strengthening the Government focus on 'Foundation Years' services.