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Local authority ‘Fairness Commissions’

November 3, 2012

A number of Local authorities, including Islington, Liverpool,  Newcastle, Sheffield, York, Blackpool and Tower Hamlets, have established ‘Fairness Commissions’ looking at how to improve equality outcomes in their areas.

The Islington Fairness Commission was set up in June 2010 to look into how to make the borough a fairer place. It was co-chaired by Professor Richard Wilkinson, one of the authors of ‘The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better’. The Commission’s final report was published in June 2011, making key recommendations in seven areas to help make the borough a fairer place for all.

The Liverpool Fairness Commission began work on 4 April 2011. It is an independent body set up to look at ways of reducing social and economic inequality for those who live in Liverpool.

The Newcastle Fairness Commission was set up by Newcastle City Council in summer 2011. Its final report was published in July 2012. It asks how, in a climate of austerity, to make Newcastle a city where people can feel that fair decisions are being made.

Sheffield’s Fairness Commission was established by Sheffield City Council to make a non-partisan strategic assessment of the nature, extent, causes and impact of inequalities in the City and to make recommendations for tackling them. The Commission will operate using a Parliamentary Select Committee model, mounting a short focussed inquiry, taking evidence and producing a final report.

The York Fairness Commission published its interim report in November 2011. It contains 10 Fairness Principles and 30 Recommendations to help City of York Council make its budget decisions in a way which will be fair and protect services for vulnerable people.

Blackpool’s Fairness Commission was established in 2012. It is made up of people representing a range of organisations working in Blackpool, and will look at ways of making Blackpool fairer for everyone.

Tower Hamlets’ Fairness Commission will report on its findings in spring 2013 and make recommendations designed to promote equality and fairness in Tower Hamlets.

In addition, Camden established an equality taskforce in July 2012, aimed at exploring the local authority’s role in tackling inequality in Camden. ‘An insight into the impact of the cuts on some of the most vulnerable in Camden. A Young Foundation report for the London Borough of Camden’ was also published in July 2012.

Click here for details of the Islington Fairness Commission

Click here for ’Closing the gap. The final report of The Islington Fairness Commission’ (pdf)

Click here for details of Liverpool’s Fairness Commission

Click here for details of the Newcastle Fairness Commission

Click here for details of Sheffield’s Fairness Commission

Click here for details of the York Fairness Commission

Click here for information about Blackpool’s Fairness Commission

Click here for information about Tower Hamlets’ Fairness Commission

Click here for article by Giles Fraser about the Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission (3 November 2012)

Click here for information about Camden’s Equality Taskforce and click here for Young Foundation report

Click here for Guardian report of the initiatives on 8 June 2011


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