The education minister Elizabeth Truss has launched a new All Party Parliamentary Group on maths and numeracy, for which National Numeracy and the Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) are acting as co-secretariat.
The aim of the APPG is to raise awareness about the importance of basic maths skills and to inform policy on improving adult numeracy and the future teaching of maths in schools. The co-chairs are Caroline Dinenage MP and Barry Sheerman MP.
TV maths personality Johnny Ball welcomed the formation of the group and many of National Numeracy's supporters and ambassadors also attended.
Launching the group, Elizabeth Truss congratulated National Numeracy on the National Numeracy Challenge:
"I also congratulate Mike Ellicock and National Numeracy on their Challenge launch. Building up confidence in maths, getting across the importance of maths, working with people to drive up numeracy - that work is essential. And in particular, the emphasis on the fact that maths is for everyone. That it’s not for specialists and experts - but no matter what you’re doing, it’s something you can benefit from - and need to master."
National Numeracy chief executive, Mike Ellicock, said:
"The research released today suggests that poor adult numeracy could cost the economy £20 billion per year and the launch of the APPG for maths and numeracy is an excellent step in the right direction. We are keen to support its work in tackling what we feel in the biggest education and skills issue that is facing the UK."