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Mat Wright

Our purpose

Although we receive a government grant in aid, the British Council is operationally independent from the UK government.

All our work contributes to our purpose and Royal Charter (PDF 180kb) aims:

'[to] advance, for the public benefit, any purpose which is exclusively charitable and which shall

(a) promote cultural relationships and the understanding of different cultures between people and peoples of the United Kingdom and other countries;
(b) promote a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom;
(c) develop a wider knowledge of the English language;
(d) encourage cultural, scientific, technological and other educational cooperation between the United Kingdom and other countries; or 
(e) otherwise promote the advancement of education.'

Subsidiary undertakings

The British Council has a group structure which, in addition to the British Council charity, includes subsidiary undertakings in the UK and overseas. See a list of all British Council group entities (PDF 125kb).

Information about these separate legal entities is in the governance statement and notes to the accounts sections of the British Council’s annual reports