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Reading Counts: why English and maths skills matter in tackling homelessness

Half of homeless people struggle to read and write, a new study has found.

Published for Action Week 2014, this report is the largest ever recorded survey of homeless people’s literacy and numeracy skills by direct assessment.
Assessments of 139 St Mungo’s Broadway homeless clients found that 51% lack basic English skills (i.e. would not achieve a grade G at GCSE). This compares to 15% of the overall adult population. The assessments also show that 55% of St Mungo’s Broadway’s clients lack basic maths skills.

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