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Outreach

​The Bank of England’s role is to serve the people of the UK.

We have particular responsibilities, set by Parliament, for keeping the economy strong, prices stable and the banking system robust.

To do that effectively, we need to understand what is going on in the economy and the key issues that people in the UK face when they go about their daily lives. 

Through our regional events, such as Future Forum, we are listening to as broad a range of people as possible and hearing how you think we can best serve society.

Through our regional town halls, in partnership with local charities, we are visiting communities throughout the UK to find out about the issues that matter to them.

The lessons from our activities will feed back directly into the Bank of England’s policy deliberations, helping improve those decisions and, ultimately, hopefully helping improve the lives and livelihoods of people across the UK, in line with our remit.

Bank of England Town Halls

At Future Forum 2016, you told us that we need to engage more with all sectors of society around the UK.
 
In response to this and as part of our efforts to improve public understanding of our role, Andy Haldane, our Chief Economist, has embarked on a series of regional Town Hall events across the UK in order to engage with as broad a range of society as possible.
 
These events provide a forum from which we can listen and learn about the economic and financial issues that are facing people and communities across the country, directly from those facing them. The information we hear helps to create a richer picture of the UK economy and better inform the decisions made by our policymakers, including the Monetary Policy Committee. This builds on the important regional presence that we have developed over many years through our Agency Network.
 
We are partnering with both local and national civil society organisations to deliver this programme. These currently include Citizens UK, Age UK, the Muslim Council of Britain, and Oxfam, with other partners in the pipeline.
 
The first of these Townhall events was held 30 June 2017 in Wales, in partnership with Citizens Cymru Wales where Andy met with groups from Caerau and Ely, Barry Island, Porth and the Muslim community in Cardiff. Some thoughts from Andy following the Town Hall can be found here.
 
The next event will be in Leicester on 4 August 2017, in partnership with the Muslim Council of Britain. We will bring you further information on the Townhalls as these develop over the coming months. If you have any questions about our Townhalls or would like us to speak to your community, please contact our Outreach Team.

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