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British Council Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20

Statement made on 3 March 2021

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Copies of the British Council’s Annual Report and Accounts for the 2019-20 financial year have been placed in the libraries of both Houses.

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, it makes a significant contribution to projecting British values overseas and generating soft power for the UK in return. In doing so it makes a lasting difference to the UK’s security, prosperity and influence.

The British Council is the world’s leading cultural relations organisation, with a reach in 2019-20 of 983 million people. This included 76 million direct interactions, through a presence in over 100 countries.

The Council received £187m grant-in-aid, including £161m ODA, from the FCO in 2019/20.

The Report can also be found at the British Council’s website: