The report said that five million adults lacked functional literacy and more than 17 million had difficulties with numbers.More than one in six youngsters left school unable to read, write or add up properly, said the report.
Of course, this is about a survey. But I think this is how successive governments deal with the problems of an expanding underclass. Fail to educate them (at all), keep them drunk and give them unemployment benefit. Confine them to sink estates and pander to their prejudices at election time.