WEA response to the Autumn Statement 2016


Responding to the Autumn Statement 2016, Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), said:

“The Chancellor’s emphasis on boosting productivity and reducing the skills gap is encouraging. For many years now, we have seen a steady decline in adult skills levels. Around five million people in the UK have low literacy and numeracy levels and an estimated 12.6 million lack basic digital skills.

“Failure to provide affordable, accessible education for those at risk of social exclusion will leave millions without the means to find secure, long-term employment - vital to the prosperity of the nation. If we are to have a country which, in the words of the Prime Minister, ‘works for everyone’, we need to give greater prioritisation to adult skills.”