Council call for views on fairness and inequality in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 July 2015

Redbridge Town Hall. Picture: Redbridge Council

Redbridge Town Hall. Picture: Redbridge Council

Justin Setterfield

The council is calling on residents for their last chance to share their views on fairness and inequality in the borough.

Groups and organisations are also being urged to share experiences relating to areas such as health, housing or work, which will be submitted as evidence as part of a Redbridge Fairness Commission report.

The deadline to get involved is Tuesday, August 11.

The Commission launched in February and is made up of councillors, local community organisations, including Redbridge Chamber of Commerce, Redbridge Faith Forum and Redbridge Citizens Advice Bureau, and the New Economics Foundation.

The Commission has been considering evidence to help build a picture of local priorities and decide on recommendations to make the borough a “fairer place”.

Other issues covered at meetings have included community safety, the environment, young people and getting older.

Cllr Farah Hussain, cabinet member for A Fairer Redbridge, said: “I would urge anyone who hasn’t already shared their views and experiences to do it now.

“We want to do all we can to tackle poverty and inequality in Redbridge. To do that we need the Commission to produce practical recommendations we can put into place, but to do this effectively, they must have a true picture of all of the issues the borough is facing.

“Tell us what you think and help us to become a fairer borough.”

The final meeting will focus on council services and how it meets the needs of a changing population.

It takes place on Tuesday, August 18 from 6pm to 9.30pm in the Gloucester Room at Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford.

The Commission has held six meetings so far, hearing from 25 expert and community witnesses.

There have also been meetings with over 50 community groups, service user groups and frontline staff, a conference with school pupils and three public meetings to gather as much information as possible.

A final report, with outcomes and recommendations to be taken forward by the council will be released in November.

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