The event, facilitated by National Numeracy Chief Executive Sam Sims, offered insights into National Numeracy’s Every Londoner Counts initiative, funded by charity partners The Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Guests also heard from Timi Merriman-Johnson, Founder of Mr MoneyJar and National Numeracy Ambassador, and Leanne Chandler, a Numeracy Champion from Tower Hamlets, trained as part of Every Londoner Counts.
The event brought together organisations from across the city to set about boosting the capital’s number know-how through trained Numeracy Champions in the workplace.
Londoners are feeling the full force of the UK’s hidden numeracy crisis with data showing that low numeracy is an issue holding back 3.5 million Londoners from fulfilling their potential.
Over half of Londoners (54%) say they struggle with ‘everyday maths’, and 60% say that having to do maths makes them feel anxious. It can lead to increased vulnerability to unemployment, debt, fraud, and financial exclusion. It also has a negative effect on the pounds and pence in Londoners’ purses.