This is a pivotal moment for the future of the UK finance sector. Following Brexit, the rules governing financial policy and regulation are undergoing a fundamental review – and a general election isn’t far off now. This could be a unique opportunity to create a regulatory and legal framework that drives the financial system to good outcomes. But in order to ensure that the new regime contributes to social and environmental justice, there is a need to better understand how to engage the public and amplify their voices in the policy decision making process.
In 2022, the Lab joined forces with the New Economy Organisers Network (supported by The Sunrise Project) to find out how we can shift the public debate on financial reform in order to support progressive change. As a first step, we published a briefing that summarises existing research on how the UK public perceive finance and its regulation. We are now building on these insights via a series of focus groups that we are holding with research consultancy Public First.
At the end of the month, we are holding a first event about the project. Representatives from civil society organisations working to achieve financial reform for people and planet are invited to attend this workshop to:
- Discover and discuss our latest findings – including from our initial desktop research, national polling, and focus groups – with peers.
- Learn about NEON’s approach to framing and messaging, and experiment with new ideas for how to develop effective messages to shift public thinking and influence legislators.
- Find out more about the overall project and how you can get involved.