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National Numeracy Leadership Council 2023 Highlights

10 Apr 2024

The National Numeracy Leadership Council has been working throughout 2023 to make a meaningful difference to the numeracy crisis in the UK.

This short report offers some highlights from the Council's work over the past year.

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What is the National Numeracy Leadership Council?

Independent charity National Numeracy has a clear mission: to improve how people understand and work with numbers in day to day life, sparking better opportunities and brighter futures.

We believe that a major shift in attitudes is key to this. So, in September 2021 National Numeracy joined forces with HM Treasury, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and pioneering businesses to find new ways to tackle the stubborn problem of low numeracy.  

Together, we formed the National Numeracy Leadership Council (NNLC), chaired by Andy Haldane, Chief Executive of the RSA and Vice-chair of National Numeracy.

We believe a numerate nation is crucial to improving outcomes for UK PLC. Poor numeracy is costing the UK as much as £25 billion a year. Improving the numeracy of the workforce has multiple positive effects. It increases access to jobs, supports workplace skills, promotes progression and drives financial inclusion.

The Council comprises senior leaders from Amazon, Amazon Web Services, Barclays LifeSkills, Bloomberg L.P, Capital One UK, Experian UK & I, KPMG UK, S&P Global, TP ICAP, Vanquis Banking Group plus HM Treasury and the DWP.

Making a positive difference to the UK's numeracy

In 2023, Council members have worked to influence and effect positive, sustainable, systemic change as a group, within industries and in their own organisations. This has included shaping the education system, engaging policy makers, and consulting on national initiatives.

This short report takes a look at some of the highlights of the Council's work across the year.

Andy Haldane, Chair of the National Numeracy Leadership Council, said: "It was a privilege to see the real energy and vigour with which Council members and their organisations led from the front in addressing the issue of low numeracy in 2023.

Everyone serves to benefit from boosting UK numeracy levels, which is why business, government and civil society all have a crucial role to play. The National Council represents a unique and powerful alliance, and I would like to sincerely thank all its members for their support and commitment."

Read the report

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