At the first National Literacy Forum meeting in 2013, the group discussed national policies that relate to child poverty and considered the role of literacy in reducing the impact of poverty.
Following the meeting, the National Literacy Trust produced the policy paper, Lost for Words: Poor literacy, the hidden issue in child poverty.
The following three areas are explored in this paper:
- Household income
- Experience of poverty
- Breaking inter-generational cycles
Combined, these three strands provide a powerful and compelling approach to combating poverty and its effects in the immediate and longer term. We believe this approach needs attention from policymakers so that its benefits to the country can be properly analysed.