As you know, the main role of the Bank of England’s Scotland Agency is to help our policymakers better understand how the economy is working in all parts of the UK.

They are now wanting to talk to a wider range of stakeholders than ever before, including across the third sector. But we’re keen to do even more and, as a result, they have recently launched a new initiative called Citizens’ Panels.

These panels are made up of members of the public from all backgrounds. They will meet twice a year in 12 regions and nations of the UK, where panellists will be able to share their views on every aspect of the economy with senior Bank policymakers.

The first Scotland panel will be held in Glasgow next month. They are especially keen to have people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

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Citizens’ Panel | Scotland   
 
Talk to them about jobs, housing and the cost of living. The Bank of England is coming to Glasgow and wants to hear from you. As the UK’s central bank, it’s their job to set policies that work for people all over the United Kingdom. To help them do that, it’s important that they know what’s going on.
 
The Citizens’ Panels are a new initiative to help them listen to people’s views. They are delighted to hold the first Scotland panel in Glasgow and they will be joined by the Bank’s Deputy Governor Sam Woods.
 
What do they want to hear about?
 
They want to hear your experiences of every aspect of the economy.  That includes things such as jobs, pay, the cost of living and housing.
 
They would also like to hear your views on banks and building societies.  For example, what are your experiences of borrowing and saving money?
 
And they will try to answer any questions you’ve got about the Bank of England.
 
Who can take part?
 
They looking for people from all sorts of backgrounds to join the conversation. You certainly don’t need to be an expert on the economy!
 
When is it?
 
The Citizens’ Panel will meet in central Glasgow on Monday 29 April 2019, from 6-9pm.  They will provide food and drink and will cover reasonable expenses. 
 
How do I get involved?
 
To find out more and register your interest, visit our website at www.bankofengland.co.uk/outreach/citizens-panels or call our Scotland Agency on 0141 433 7165.  Applications close on 9 April 2019. 

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