Bank of England citizens’ panels

Find out how to get involved in our new citizens’ panels

We’re the UK’s central bank

Our job is to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability. 

That means managing inflation – the rate at which prices rise – and making sure that the financial system, which includes banks and building societies, functions properly.  We also issue bank notes and run the system that allows electronic payments to take place.

What we do affects everyone

So we’re setting up citizens’ panels so we can listen directly to you.  We want to hear what you have to say about jobs, pay and the cost of living. And we’d like to know about your experiences of the housing market and how easy you find it to borrow and save money.

Why you should get involved

Taking part means you can put your views directly to people who make decisions that affect you.

How it will work

There will be 12 panels across the UK. Each panel will meet twice a year and have its own online forum.

We’re setting up the first two citizens’ panels in Northern Ireland and North East England in late 2018. Then we’ll create ten more panels across the rest of the UK in 2019.

How we’ll choose people 

We want our panels to be representative. So we’re inviting anyone who is interested to apply. Then we’ll select people from a range of backgrounds to take part in our first panel meetings.

We also plan to create an online community so that even more people can take part.

How to apply

The first panel event is in Derry/Londonderry, in Northern Ireland, on Tuesday 27 November. 

The second is in Newcastle upon Tyne, in North East England, on Wednesday 12 December. 

Anyone over the age of 18 who lives in these areas can apply to join their local panel. 

The meetings will start at 6pm and finish by 9pm. We will cover reasonable travel expenses and provide light refreshments.

To apply, please fill in our online form

  • Privacy notice

    Information we collect

    By this application form for Citizens’ Panels (“Panels”), the Bank of England (“we” or the “Bank”) collects personal data about you. This information includes contact details, varied demographic information and your opinions about the economy.

    Why we need your personal data

    We collect your personal data to evaluate public understanding of the UK economy and the Bank’s mission. We also collect a broad range of information to assist us in identifying a varied sample of individuals to be invited to our Citizens’ Panel events.

    This is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority of the Bank. To the extent to which you provide us with any special categories of personal data, including diversity information, our basis for processing this data is that it is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest. 

    What we do with your personal data

    Citizens’ Panel application

    We use the information to develop the Panel events and ensure that attendees are representative of the UK population. Your opinions may also influence how we conduct the Bank’s mission as relevant to the Bank’s policy, analytical, operational and supervisory work.

    We use a third party provider, WorldAPP Inc, based in the United States, to provide the KeySurvey online application form. WorldAPP Inc participates in, and has certified its compliance with, a recognised EU-U.S. privacy framework.  For more information about WorldAPP Inc’s security practices and privacy policy visit https://www.keysurvey.com/privacy-policy.

    If you are not selected for the Panel, we will keep your personal data for 3 years. If you are selected for the Panel, we will keep your personal data for 5 years from your last interaction with us.  If at any time, you no longer wish to be involved, you can let us know at outreach@bankofengland.co.uk

    Panel events

    If selected, you will receive an invitation to participate in the Panel and we will use your personal data to co-ordinate your attendance and for event management.

    You will be required to bring identity documentation with you to any event so that we can ensure that only people who have been granted places as members of the Panel will be able to enter.  We will use this along with the information that you provide to us in your application to verify your identity, and to carry out appropriate security checks as deemed necessary by the Bank.

    You can request that we no longer use your personal data, by writing to us at the address below.

    Further engagement

    If selected, we will contact you about Panel events.  We may also contact you about other information or opportunities that may be of interest to you, depending on the options you have selected in the application form. 

    Your rights

    You have a number of rights under data protection laws (for example, you have the right to ask us for a copy of the personal data the Bank holds about you. This is known as a ‘Subject Access Request’). You can ask us to change how we process or deal with your personal data, and you may also have the right in some circumstances to have your personal data amended or deleted. 

    To find out more about those rights, to make a complaint, or to contact our Data Protection Officer, please see our website at bankofengland.co.uk/privacy

This page was last updated 17 October 2018
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