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Citizens’ Panel

Find out all about our new citizens’ panel below.

Welcome

Thank you for paying us a visit. This page tells you who we are, what we do, why you might want to be a member of the first IMA Citizens’ Panel as well as giving you details of how to get involved. We look forward to hearing from you.

Who we are?

We are an independent organisation that makes sure the rights of EU and EEA EFTA citizens living in the UK and Gibraltar are upheld after Brexit.

We work across the UK and Gibraltar so if you live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, or Gibraltar and are a citizen from one of the 27 EU countries or Iceland, Lichtenstein or Norway we’re here to help protect your rights.

What does the IMA do?

We ensure that citizens who call the UK and Gibraltar home can live, study, and raise families here just as they did before Brexit.

We can challenge public bodies (for example, councils and government departments), when there is unfair treatment of citizens.

Knowing about unfair treatment is very important to us. We get this information by:

  • Asking citizens to tell us about unfair treatment through our complaints portal
  • Hearing from other organisations in the UK and the EU about potential problems

We don’t look at individual complaints unless we think it could be part of a bigger problem. Individual experiences are, however, still important to us as they help us to build a bigger picture of where things might be going wrong

If we think a public body is not upholding the rights of citizens, we will investigate and if we find problems, we will ask for changes to be made. We also have legal powers to challenge public bodies.

Find out more about us in our Annual Plan.

Why should I join the IMA Citizens’ Panel? 

If you are an EU or EEA EFTA citizen, then you know what everyday life is really like in the UK and Gibraltar; you will know whether things have changed for the better or worse after Brexit.

You may also have ideas about the work of the IMA and what we do well and what we could do better. The citizens’ panel is an opportunity for you to share these insights directly with us and help us understand the experience of EU and EEA EFTA citizens.

How will the panel work?

We aim to have between 60 and 90 members on the panel and would like to have representation from every EU and EEA EFTA country.

This a voluntary role and the panel will meet virtually twice a year with members of the IMA Team including our Chief Executive, Dr Kathryn Chamberlain.

You will be asked to give your personal feedback on specific parts of our work such as our Annual Plan and to share what is important to you and your experiences of being an EU and EEA EFTA citizen in the UK and Gibraltar. Your voice is important to us.

As there are many EU and EEA EFTA citizens living in the UK, we will want to change the members of the panel regularly so some panel members will be with us for two years; and some for a year so that all members do not leave at the same time.

Who can join the panel?

If you are aged 16 or over, live in the UK or Gibraltar and come from one of the 27 EU countries or Iceland, Lichtenstein, or Norway and are happy to share your personal views you are eligible to join the IMA Citizens’ Panel.

We’re hoping to hear views directly from citizens themselves not views on behalf of organisations.

Apply to join the IMA Citizens’ Panel

If you would like to be a member of the IMA Citizens’ Panel, please complete this form

Our terms of reference and code of conduct might help you with your application. Part of the form asks you to tell us why you want to be part of the panel and this will be of particular interest to us.

Please let us know which country you come from as we want to try and make sure that our panel has members from all the EU and EEA EFTA countries we represent.

Please also remember to leave us your email address as we will want to contact you to let you know whether you are a member of the panel or not or ask if we can keep your application on file for future citizens’ panel recruitment.

The deadline for applications is June 11th, 2021, although this may close earlier or later depending on the number of applications we receive.