Chris Humphries, Chair National Numeracy
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Poor numeracy 'blights the economy and ruins lives'

Poor numeracy is blighting Britain's economic performance and ruining lives, says a new charity launched to champion better maths skills.

The group, National Numeracy, says millions of people struggle to understand a payslip or a train timetable, or pay a household bill.

Government figures show almost half the working population of England have only primary school maths skills.

Chris Humphries, Chair National Numeracy, told Breakfast that the country is the bottom of the world league table in maths skills.

  • 02 Mar 2012