National Numeracy: calculating the cost of low adult numeracy

12 Mar 2014

National Numeracy looks to challenge poor numeracy across the UK. The charity approached PBE for support to understand the cost to the UK economy of poor adult numeracy, to support a major campaign they are launching to push up standards (The National Numeracy Challenge).

A team of PBE volunteers took on this research challenge, producing analysis that puts, as its central, conservative estimate, the cost to the UK of poor adult numeracy at £20.2 billion per year (or about 1.3% of GDP). Read the full report above.

We are grateful to the volunteer team - Rose Martin, Helen Hodgson, Andy Maloney and Inna Rayner - for their hard work in producing a great report.

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