Before deciding to print its next banknotes on polymer, the Bank conducted a consultation programme between 10 September and 15 November 2013 to seek the views of the public. The Bank also consulted with retailers, businesses and the cash industry.
The results from the public consultation programme were overwhelmingly in favour of the proposed change to polymer with 87% of the total feedback in favour of polymer, 6% opposed and 7% neutral.
Based on this feedback, and our own research, the Bank announced on 18 December 2013 that its next £5 note (featuring Sir Winston Churchill) and £10 note (featuring Jane Austen) would be smaller (by around 15%) and printed on polymer.
During the consultation period, the Bank conducted an online survey and attended nearly 50 events around the country, as well as commissioning independent focus groups and surveys.
In the lead up to the introduction of the new polymer banknotes, the Bank will carry out a full education and publicity programme to ensure that retailers, businesses, and the general public are fully aware of what the new notes look like and how to authenticate them.
To find out more about the results of the Polymer Public Consultation Programme see the documents linked below.
Results of the Polymer Public Consultation Programme (2.1MB)
18 December 2013
Polymer Consultation - TNS Research Report (456KB)
18 December 2013
Fact Sheets from the Autumn 2013 Public Consultation – published 10 September 2013
Polymer banknotes - English (334KB)
Polymer banknotes - Large print version for visually impaired (78KB)
Papurau banc polymer - Cymraeg (339KB)
If you would like more information on polymer banknotes please see our fact sheets page.
Frequently asked questions on polymer banknotes