Priorities agreed for Fairness Commission
Haringey’s Fairness Commission has now agreed its five main priority areas and is to begin formulating its recommendations on how to address inequality in the borough.
The Fairness Commission was created to address social disparities and to find practical and sustainable ways to promote fairness in the borough.
The Commission is a community endeavour with an inclusive ethos that in order to be successful, ideas and input are needed from a group as broad and as representative as possible.
The diverse group of Commissioners come from a range of backgrounds with a wide array of expertise and proven dedication to community activism. Since it was founded, the Commission has brought together people eager to contribute their concerns about inequality and submit their proposals for how we can work together to make Haringey fairer. In total, over 1,500 residents engaged to share their experiences.
Over the past several months, the Commission held events at various venues across the borough, including one at St Mary’s School in Hornsey. Discussions were moderated by Commissioners and volunteer residents, who ensured that everyone’s voice was heard.
Attendees of all ages and walks of life formed groups and were given different topics to consider, such as ‘debt and poverty’, ‘housing’, ‘children and education’, ‘jobs’ and ‘communities and neighbourhoods’. Afterwards, votes were held on which of the matters discussed should be made priority issues for the Commission. Based on the findings of the first phase of work, the Commissioners have agreed on five areas of focus.
The main areas of focus will be:
Engagement with Public Services – communication, transparency and access
Housing – insecure housing with a focus on temporary accommodation, homelessness and the private rental sector
Children and Young People – spaces, support and school exclusions
Communities and Neighbourhoods – capacity-building for community groups and organisations
Communities and Neighbourhoods – community cohesion, integration and safety
The Commission’s final report is due in Autumn 2019.
Fairness Commission co-chair and Cabinet Member for Civic Services, Cllr Kaushika Amin, said:
The Fairness Commission is a key priority for the council to make Haringey a more equal borough. This can only be done in partnership with all our residents.
I am hugely encouraged by the enthusiasm with which Haringey residents have engaged with the first phase of the process. The ideas we have received from local people will form the basis of the second phase, to provide practical policy recommendations to make Haringey a fairer place for all who live and work here.