Community forums

We work with community organisations to hold events so we can listen to what people think about economic issues like pay and housing.

We’re listening

We work for everyone in the United Kingdom. So it’s important we understand how the decisions we make are affecting people from all backgrounds.

We team up with local charities and community groups to give a voice to those groups who might not otherwise have the chance to talk to us.

What we’ve learnt

We’ve been holding our community forums (formerly known as town halls) since 2017. In that time we’ve travelled around the UK and listened to hundreds of people.

After each one, we write about what you told us. You can also see some pictures from the events and some cartoons which illustrate the topics that were discussed.

Community Forum, Scotland, 25 October 2021

Discussion topics:

Third sector funding, education of young people, children’s mental health issues, and the impact of Covid on societal issues such as inequality.

Visual artistic scribe depicting observations and challenges in Edinburgh

Community Forum, Yorkshire and the Humber, 15 September 2021

Discussion topics:

Third sector funding, cost of living, the Government’s Job Retention Scheme, digital literacy, debt, and increased workloads during the pandemic.

Visual artistic scribe depicting the community
Visual artistic scribe depicting observations and challenges
Visual artistic scribe depicting funding and debt

Community Forum, North East, 6 July 2021

Discussion topics:

Interest rates, jobs, social isolation, digital inclusion, and mental health.

Visual artistic scribe depicting the community
Visual artistic scribe depicting observations and challenges
Visual artistic scribe depicting mental health

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Can you help us host a local event?

If your community organisation is interested in helping us host an event in your area, please email outreach@bankofengland.co.uk.

This page was last updated 06 May 2022

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