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Fighting inequalities: the next steps

Councillor Aysha Raza, cabinet member for tackling inequalities, gives an update on the commitment to fighting inequalities and promoting equality, and the response to the independent Ealing Race Equality Commission recommendations.

The diversity of Ealing can be clearly seen across the borough, (says Councillor Raza in her video update above), in the choices of retail on our high streets, in our schools, in our homes and here, at the council.

We are rightly proud of this diversity.

At the recent elections, we committed to tackle inequality, it remains one of the key priorities of the new administration.

The independent Ealing Race Equality Commission, chaired by Lord Simon Woolley, made several recommendations, and we are ready to start acting on them.

Budget amendment

In our recent budget amendment, we committed £20,000 to establishing a new civic leadership development programme in line with the commission recommendations.

Alongside an additional £150,000 into education, providing whole school training, a leadership diversity pilot scheme and community engagement to support students, parents and residents across the borough.

Recruiting to a citizens tribunal

We are also putting in place a citizens tribunal to hold not just the council, but also the police and other partner organisations accountable for delivering on the promises we have made.

The tribunal will also suggest ideas and initiatives for how the council can most effectively promote race equality.

And this is where you, the residents and businesses of the borough, can help.

We are recruiting to the citizens tribunal and are looking for ten members to ensure the tribunal is diverse, inclusive and has a wealth of expertise and knowledge.

If you feel you have the knowledge and expertise that will help inform the tribunal’s work, please apply by going to the Do Something Good website to find out more.

A separate group for businesses will also be set up to consider the commission’s recommendations on income and employment and we will be telling you more about that group once the details are finalised.

We want to create an Ealing for everyone and now is the chance to come together, make a change and make a difference tackling inequalities.

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