Submitted on Thursday 18th August 2011
Published on Monday 12th September 2011
Current status: Closed
Closed: Wednesday 12th September 2012
The Spreading Epidemic of Illiteracy.
Illiteracy leads to unemployability, frustration, delinquency and criminality.
One in five adults are unable to find a plumber using Yellow Pages. One fifth school-leavers are are so illiterate they struggle to cope and get a job. Three out of four prisoners do not have the reading and writing skills of an eleven year old. Only 10% of those who can read and get a job re-offend (overall rate 90%).
Illiteracy lies at the heart of British workers NOT getting British jobs, of the gang culture and delinquency, of criminality and re-offending and of social immobility.
Previous attempts at improving reading in schools and launching adult literacy campaigns have met with minimal success.
Parliament is asked to debate the nature and extent of illiteracy in schools and among adults and to consider how best a cross-departmental approach using the resources of the Big Society could make deep and lasting inroads on the problem.
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