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Basic English and maths skills are crucial for Londoners to access further education, good work and to support them to participate in their communities and improve personal wellbeing.

As such, supporting Londoners to achieve basic skills is a priority for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. However, sadly, we know that too many Londoners are without these skills and, thus, less likely to be in good work. For example, it is estimated that 58 per cent of Londoners have low numeracy skills; this, unfortunately, reflects the national picture. For one of the most developed countries in the world, this is a travesty.

The Mayor and I recognise the excellent work that is already being done across the adult education system in London to increase learner numbers and to deliver more positive outcomes for Londoners through skills provision in English and maths.

The Mayor’s Skills Roadmap for London emphasised the importance of basic skills in supporting Londoners to progress in learning and work and committed to keeping this as a key focus of London’s adult skills system – ensuring provision is accessible, relevant, and impactful.

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