The Bank of England is inviting people from across North Wales to have their say on the state of the economy when it hosts a Citizens’ Panel in Wrexham.
The panels offer people an opportunity to talk to senior Bank officials about economic issues affecting them, such as jobs, banks and the cost of living – and the chance to ask any questions about the functions of the Bank of England.
Registration is now open on the Bank’s website for those interested in taking part in the event in Wrexham on the evening of 25 February 2020 (6-9pm).
The Bank of England is running panel events around the UK as part of an effort to better understand how the economy is performing and how people are feeling.
It will be the second such panel to take place in Wales following a meeting in Cardiff last year.
The event will be attended by one of the Bank’s Executive Directors, Gareth Ramsey.
He said: “Our Citizens’ Panels are a crucial initiative for the Bank of England, allowing us to listen directly to communities and citizens across the UK about the economic issues that affect them.
“I’m really looking forward to coming to Wrexham to hear about the things that affect people day to day, and to be able to explain a bit more about what the Bank of England does.”
Applications to join the panel, which will be formed of around 24 people, are now open. Anyone over the age of 18 is able to apply.
Steve Hicks, the Bank’s Agent for Wales, said: “I hope that we can attract a wide range of applications to join the panel so that we can hear from as many diverse voices as possible.
“You certainly don’t need to be an expert on the economy to come along – the economy affects us all in different ways and it’s those various perspectives we want to hear.”
The panel will be chaired by Ruth Marks, Chief Executive of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action.
She said: “I am delighted to be supporting the Bank of England with what I think is a really important and worthwhile initiative.
“This is a unique opportunity for people from across Wales to have their say on the issues that matter to an institution that has powers that can really affect people’s lives.”
If you would like to apply to attend or would like more information, visit www.bankofengland.co.uk/get-involved/citizens-panels . Alternatively you can call Hope Gray on 07712 324878.
Applicants are required to provide some background information. In the event that the panel is over-subscribed panellists will be selected in order to maximise diversity across the panel.
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