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Redbridge Fairness Commission - Serving Redbridge

Tuesday 18 August 2015

Start: 18:00
Finish: 21:30

The Redbridge Fairness Commission has been set up to investigate poverty and inequality in Redbridge and look at how the Council and its partners are taking action to address it. The Commission will seek to understand how austerity has affected the lives of local people and engage with a wide range of local community groups to identify priorities for making Redbridge fairer.

In its final report due to be published in November 2015, the Commission will make recommendations to be taken forward by the Council and its partners to make Redbridge a fairer and more equitable place to live.

Inequalities and lack of opportunities can affect people in negative ways across the whole of their lives. Research shows that at school, children from more affluent families will overtake children from poorer families by the age of seven. Precarious and low paid employment has deep impacts on a working adult’s physical and mental health while isolation and loneliness can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack among the elderly. At a time of severe financial challenges it is important that the Council takes a leading role in making sure that resources are being used as effectively as possible to support local communities.

The Redbridge Fairness Commission will examine different aspects of life in the Borough and ask how local public, private and third sectors can contribute to ensuring that everyone has access to the opportunities they need to meet their aspirations.

How will the Fairness Commission work?

The Commission will run a series of public meetings across a number of themes. It will invite a range of local expert and community witnesses to contribute evidence and carry out a variety of engagement activities with community groups across the Borough. This evidence base will help to build a picture of local inequalities in Redbridge so that Commissioners can decide how the Council and its partners should take action.

Residents and local organisations will be able to make their views heard about what fairness really means to them by contributing to the Call for Evidence and participating in a series of open meetings that will take place across the Borough, as described below.

How can you get involved?

A summary of all submissions about the themes being discussed by the Commission will be presented in the relevant meeting.

If you want your submission to be considered in this way, please submit your views a week before the advertised date of the meeting you have an interest in. However, you can submit your views on any theme at any time during the process and all contributions received will form part of the Commission’s evidence base and will help shape its recommendations and final report.

Public meetings

The Commission will be organising a series of public meetings across Redbridge where you will be able to meet with Commissioners and discuss the key issues being considered. More details will be announced shortly, so please check back to this page.

Other ways you can get involved

In collaboration with Redbridge CVS, officers supporting the work of the Commission will also be meeting with a wide range of community groups working to tackle poverty and inequality to gather their insights. If you would like to contribute to the Commission this way, please email fairness.commission@redbridge.gov.uk

Who are the Redbridge Fairness Commissioners?

Venue: Gloucester Room, Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, IG1 1EA

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