Budget cuts hit literacy schemes

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TWO groups gave evidence to a committee looking at adult literacy and numeracy.

Gosport’s St Vincent College and adult learning group We Can Read gave their insights to the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee on the nationwide problem.

It comes as BIS has published a new report expressing concern over low literacy levels and funding cuts to training schemes.

The report said: ‘We know that funding is limited, but we are concerned that funding has been cut to adult learning schemes, including Unionlearn, which have achieved outstanding results at a fraction of the cost of full-time formal education.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is on the committee and led a parliamentary debate. She said: ‘The scale of adult literacy and numeracy problems in the UK is a huge cause for concern.

‘With a large proportion of the adult population unable to reach their full potential because of weak basic skillsets; it is not just affecting individuals, it is impacting upon Britain’s economy.’