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What’s the issue?

Let numbers improve your life

Attitudes towards numbers have been negative for far too long, but with your help, we can change that. We want to help make people feel confident and recognise the value and presence of numbers in everyday life.

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We know that poor numeracy can fundamentally affect people's lives and the wider economy.

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Nearly half the working-age population have the numeracy skills of a primary school child.

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Those with poor numeracy are more than twice as likely to be unemployed.

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The average cost to individuals with poor number skills is £460 a year.

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Research has revealed that good number skills can help people better manage their money and avoid debt.

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Estimates indicate poor numeracy costs the UK economy £20.2 billion each year.

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Low numeracy levels cost UK employers £3.2bn each year.

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Data from the British Cohort Studies has shown a link between depression and poor numeracy.

What can we do about it?

If you're nervous about using numbers or think someone else could benefit from improving their skills then we can help.

People often accept their current abilities, not realising they can change. But we're all numbers people and everyone can improve and get the Essentials of Numeracy. These are the skills we all need in everyday life, which might help with job prospects or savvier shopping habits, for example.

Over 140,000 have registered with our online learning tool so far and 3/4 of people who have assessed their skills, used some learning resources and reassessed have improved.

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Who is behind National Numeracy Day?

National Numeracy Day is run by the UK charity, National Numeracy. 16th May 2018 is the first Day of its kind and has been created with Founding Supporter, KPMG, with support from the Ufi Charitable Trust, Experian, Virgin Money, the Scottish Government & Education Scotland, RBS, ns&I, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, Health Education England and many more.

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Test your everyday maths skills with our range of learning quizzes, puzzles and problems and find out if you've got the Essentials of Numeracy.

Test your everyday maths skills with our range of learning quizzes, puzzles and problems and find out if you've got the Essentials of Numeracy.

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