United Kingdom

Literacy and homelessness 

Homeless or badly housed children are nearly twice as likely as other children to leave school without any GCSEs.

One in six people in the UK struggle with literacy (source: Skills for Life Survey 2011). This means that they live without the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills they need to fulfil their potential.


Every two minutes someone in Britain faces the nightmare of losing their home (source: Shelter, Ministry of Justice and Scottish Government, 2011). Programmes of prevention and early intervention in literacy and adequate housing are critical in ensuring the wellbeing of families and the happy, healthy development of children.


The issues of poor literacy skills and homelessness are intertwined; Action for Literacy and Shelter work with young people and families in the same disadvantaged communities – homeless or badly housed children are nearly twice as likely to leave school without any GCSEs. KPMG has the scale, influence and business knowledge to make a significant and positive contribution to these issues. That is why we have come together to use our core skills to help address the two key issues of literacy and homelessness – a basic skill and a basic need which we believe is every young person’s right, to give them the opportunity for a brighter tomorrow.

Find out more

If you would like find out more, or donate individually to the charities we are supporting, please visit the Action for Literacy or Shelter websites.