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5m adults are lacking basic reading, writing & numeracy skills essential to everyday life and being able to find & secure work, according to analysis for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). It means they may struggle to carry a number of basic tasks, ranging from writing short messages, using a cash point to withdraw money, being able to understand price labels on food or pay household bills.
A further 12.6m adults lack basic digital skills – meaning they struggle to carry out tasks as send emails or fill out online job application forms. JRF’s research shows the internet is considered essential by the public in an era when access public services and good deals for essentials are increasingly found online.
JRF said the figures painted a troubling picture of people being let down the education system or left behind in the modern economy, with little opportunity to improve their skills. It comes ahead of JRF’s strategy to solve UK poverty, which will be published next month.