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Egmont UK has committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge by signing the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2020.

We know the economic and social cost of low literacy levels. Research estimates that if every child left primary school with the reading skills they need, our economy could be more than £32.1 billion bigger by 2025. (1)

Sadly, 86% of constituencies in England contain at least one ward at risk of serious literacy problems (2). We believe that this requires local and coordinated solutions. This is why we’re committed to working together with other businesses, and across sectors, to understand the needs and concerns of our local communities and work to address them.

We are one of 79 businesses from across the UK who have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2020. We are committed to taking practical steps to tackle low literacy by engaging our employees, supporting the local communities where we work and drawing attention to this at a national level.

To find out more about the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2020 visit: literacytrust.org.uk/businesspledge

(1) Read On. Get On. (2014) How reading can help children escape poverty. Published by Save the Children on behalf of the Read. On. Get On. campaign
(2) National Literacy Trust and Experian (2017) Literacy Vulnerability Score