HIWCF Hosting Outreach Event in Partnership with the Bank of England

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is delighted to be hosting a visit by Andy Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England on 24th September 2018 in Winchester. The visit is part of the Bank’s Outreach Programme, to meet and listen to a wide variety of people from different communities and backgrounds across the UK.

Andy Haldane will be meeting with 25 HIWCF representatives, partner organisations and service users, to listen to local views and experiences in order to help the Bank better understand and consider the impact of their policy decisions on Hampshire communities. The policies of the Bank impact on everyone’s daily lives including the cost of mortgages and food, the value of houses and the availability of jobs and the Bank is keen to discuss solutions to some of the concerns faced by local people on these issues.

Andy Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England commented “We recognise that we have sometimes been better at talking than listening, so we hope that the meeting will be a two-way conversation that will help to put a more human face to the bank. We hope that attendees will gain greater understanding of our work, while the debate and conversation on the day will feed into the discussions of the Banks’ policymakers.”

Grant Cornwell MBE, HIWCF Chief Executive said “We are delighted to be working with the Bank of England, enabling us to engage with and be responsive to the economic concerns of local people and community organisations across our area. The Foundation awards grants to smaller, lesser known community and voluntary groups who work on the front line helping disadvantaged and often under-represented people in order to make a real change to their lives. Participants to the event have been asked to consider the main economic and financial concerns facing them and their community and to make suggestions for creating a brighter economic and financial future. It is fantastic that we can promote the personal experiences and views of our participants at the highest level, in order to make a difference and bring better opportunities to the communities we support across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.”

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight region contains areas of deprivation in the worst 10% in the country and the Foundation continues to target grant-making towards those most in need. Find out more about HIWCF at www.hiwcf.com

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Contact Details for Editor:

Name:               Lucy Sweet, HIWCF Marketing Manager / Grant Cornwell MBE, HIWCF Chief Executive
Telephone:        (01256) 776116
Email:               lucy@hiwcf.com

About Andy Haldane

Andy is the Bank of England’s Chief Economist. He is a member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) which sets interest rates in the UK. Andy was born in Guiseley, Yorkshire in 1967. Growing up in Yorkshire at the time of the 1980’s recession, he saw the damage a weak economy can do to people’s lives and the role that policy can play in supporting them. That is still his passion.

Andy attended Guiseley School and studied Economics at the University of Sheffield and the University of Warwick. Andy founded Pro Bono Economics, a charity which seeks to improve the impact of charities’ work. He is married with three children and his interests include football and cricket.

About the Bank of England

The Bank of England has been the UK’s central bank for over 300 years with a mission to promote the good of the people of the UK. The Bank has a range of responsibilities and powers. These include setting interest rates to keep prices table, printing bank notes and overseeing a safe financial system. For more information on any of the functions of the Bank take a look at the KnowledgeBank website by visiting: http://edu.bankofengland.co.uk/knowledgebank/

About Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. Local groups can take a look at the HIWCF website to see if they might qualify for a grant: www.hiwcf.com or email HIWCF at grantsadmin@hiwcf.com

Registered Charity No: 1100417 – Registered Company Number 4534462

Friday 14th September 2018