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

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

Daniel Dumoulin, St Mungo's Broadway and Katy Jones, The Work Foundation
16 June 2014

Lacking basic skills has a number of negative effects for people who are homeless, not least with regards to employment. A 2013 survey of 1,595 St Mungo’s clients found that only six per cent were in paid work. Poor English and maths skills partly explain this extremely low rate of employment.

This report for St Mungo's Broadway demonstrates the need for specialised support to improve their basic English and maths skills and also make recommendations to Government and other agencies that work with people who are homeless.  

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