My Theme for the year
My theme for the year is ‘Reading, Writing and Rehabilitation’.
Research has shown that over 60% of those in prison struggle to read, and in the Hertfordshire community the figure varies from 22% to 26% across the county. In 2021/2022 around a third of Reception children did not meet the expected level of development for communication and literacy skills, and one in five adults in Hertfordshire had a low level of essential skills.
I hope to engage with the County Council, the police, probation service and charities to do what I can to improve literacy levels across Hertfordshire, and I hope to engage with business to help ex-offenders returning to the workplace.