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UK News Rishi Sunak unveils programme to improve adults' maths skills

04:50  28 october  2021
04:50  28 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A numeracy programme will be launched to improve poor maths skills among up to half a million adults.

Rishi Sunak told MPs he would put £560million into the scheme, called Multiply, to ‘change people’s lives across the whole United Kingdom’. The cash is for a three-year period.

Ministers hope that by increasing adults’ confidence with numbers it will improve their employment chances and earnings.

It will include flexible courses and an online platform designed to allow the learning to fit around busy lives.

The Chancellor said: ‘Millions of adults in England have numeracy skills lower than those expected of a nine-year-old.

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‘According to the leading charity National Numeracy this costs individuals with poor numeracy up to £1,600 a year in lost earnings.

'People with poor numeracy skills are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as their peers.

'With £560million, Multiply will improve basic maths skills and help to change people’s lives across the whole United Kingdom.’

The programme, which starts next April, will equip ‘hundreds of thousands more adults with functional numeracy skills’, the Budget Red Book said.

In England, the Treasury expects the scheme to particularly benefit the North East, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber, which have the highest rates of poor numeracy.

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Sam Sims, chief executive of National Numeracy, welcomed the scheme. ‘It provides recognition of the role that basic numeracy plays in opening up opportunities for individuals, and the benefits numeracy can bring to the economy and society as a whole,’ he said.

‘Crucially, the focus on innovative and flexible approaches that help build confidence, as well as skills, could make this a game-changer for those adults typically not yet ready to access existing courses.

‘We look forward to working with Government to ensure Multiply has a big impact and a lasting legacy.

‘Over the past decade, we’ve learnt that for those with low numeracy, building confidence goes hand in hand with building skills, and that emphasising the real-world value of numeracy is key.’

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