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

We have particular responsibilities, set by Parliament, for keeping the economy strong, prices stable and the banking system robust. We also have a responsibility to be open and accountable for our actions and their consequences.

Speaking to the public directly and listening to the issues people are facing helps us identify what matters most to different parts of society. It allows us to see where we can do more to improve public understanding of our role and how what we do affects people’s lives. We hope that this will empower people to judge us on how well we are doing in serving the people of the UK and ensure that we are held to account.

The lessons from our different activities will feed back directly into our policy deliberations, helping improve our decisions and how we communicate them and, ultimately, helping to improve the lives and livelihoods of people across the UK, in line with our remit.

Future Forum

The decisions we take affect every household and every company. The responsibilities given to us by Parliament – to maintain monetary and financial stability – are more wide-ranging than ever before. To be effective in this role, and in the face of the array of changes to the economic landscape, we must be widely understood and trusted to do the right thing.

This is why we hold an annual event, Future Forum, which brings together a wide range of people to discuss our role in serving society with our Governors.

We held our first Future Forum in 2016. At this event, you told us that we need to help people understand the economy and our role better.

At this year’s event, Future Forum 2017, we will share our plans and would like your feedback to help us shape what we do next. You can apply now for your chance to join us on the day.

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 at 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 charities to engage directly with the public that we serve. We hope to use these events to find out more about the economic and financial issues that matter most to you, and the impact our policies have on your day-to-day lives.

We will bring you further information on the Town Halls as these develop over the coming months. If you have any questions about our Town Halls or would like us to speak to your community, please contact our Outreach Team.

Our partners

Our Town Halls quite simply would not be the same without the work and cooperation of our partners. We are working on developing our network of partners. If you are interested in partnering with us to work on our Town Halls and other initiatives, please contact our Outreach Team.

Town Halls in 2017

Greater Manchester - November
​Leicester - August
South Wales - June