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ERIC Number: ED560667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Literacy Changes Lives 2014: A New Perspective on Health, Employment and Crime
Morrisroe, Joe
National Literacy Trust
Since 2008, the financial crisis has had a profound social and economic impact on the UK's most vulnerable communities. Literacy influences individual capability in all spheres of life. In times of economic instability, low literacy makes individuals and communities more vulnerable to inequality, increasing the risk of social exclusion and undermining social mobility. This report explores how low literacy in the UK affects both employment and economic outcomes, health levels and health inequalities, and exacerbates factors associated with criminal offending. Using "Literacy Changes Lives" (2008) as a starting point, the report goes further to uncover the impact of poor literacy on the individual, society and the UK. The report is published within a challenging national context that enables researchers to refocus upon why literacy is a fundamental issue in the UK. Furthermore, the economy is changing, with the number of jobs requiring graduate qualifications surpassing those requiring none. The UK is faced with a productivity gap and skills shortage. On top of this, health inequality within the UK remains high with a seven-year difference in life expectancy between the richest and poorest communities. This comes at a time when the National Health Service faces increasing pressure from rising costs. In relation to crime, the prison population continues to rise, with a high social and economic cost attached. On a more positive note, the report shows how improvements in literacy can impact the individual, society, and the UK to create positive long-lasting change. [This report was written by the National Literacy Trust and commissioned by Save the Children. The research for this report has informed the publication "How reading can help children escape poverty" produced by the Read On. Get On. Coalition. The Read On. Get On. campaign brings together teachers and other professionals, charities, businesses, publishers and local communities to argue for the historic goal of all children reading well by the age of 11 by 2025.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Save the Children
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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