We have convened a working party across our housing, infrastructure and financial services teams to support our policy work with Shelter, looking at blockers and enablers in the housing policy landscape. Read our interim report, looking at the West Midlands region here.
In November KPMG and Shelter commissioned a survey of more than 4,000 British adults to gain fresh insight into the issues that matter most to voters. The results confirm that the economy and cost of living continue to dominate, but that housing will play a significant role in the next election. For more details click here.
40% of companies in the United Kingdom are offering remedial literacy support to school leavers. KPMG and the National Literacy Trust are supporting the 2013 Commission on Youth Literacy and Employability, who will gather evidence and make recommendations to Government on what action is required. On the 5th September, KPMG presented at the expert witness session in parliament. Read the full article here.
KPMG staff are involved in fifteen pro bono engagements for Action for Literacy and Shelter. These include working with Shelter to upgrade their accounting systems, helping Dyslexia Action with their strategy, and advising the National Literacy Trust how to better manage their intellectual property.
Our people have been involved in a number of activities, for example working directly with children to encourage reading for pleasure and supporting Shelter shops to help generate revenue.
KPMG staff from Reading, Birmingham, London, Leeds, Liverpool, Preston and Southampton have been involved with Action for Literacy supporting our work to improve literacy in a variety of ways over the past year, working with a total of 226 students.
We are working with the charities to help them build a more sustainable, long term volunteering programme so they can get more value from volunteers as part of their need to work smarter in the face of funding challenges.
One year in to the partnership, we are on track to raise £1 million to support Action for Literacy and Shelter. To date we have raised over £400k as a firm, enabling over 3,000 young people to gain access to better literacy provision and over 800 families to remain safe and secure in their homes.