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Race equality declaration backed by councillors

by Cathy Sheel

An ambitious commitment to promote race equality in Knowsley has been backed by councillors.

Members agreed a Notice of Motion – proposed by Cllr Jayne Aston – introducing a Race Equality Declaration of Intent which outlines an ambitious programme of activity and targets for the council as an employer, a community leader, and a partner within the City Region.

The declaration states the Council’s commitment to support an inclusive and safe workplace environment for Black and Minority, Ethnic (BME) staff, provide mandatory race equality training programme for all staff and an effective response to any incidents of racial discrimination and/or racial harassment.

The declaration also commits to improving how the council communicates and engages with BME residents, organisations and businesses, as well as developing more responsive, accessible, safe, and inclusive services that meet the needs of our increasingly diverse community.

Protecting Knowsley’s parks

Members supported an amended Notice of Motion from Cllr Joanne Burke which resolves to continue to protect and invest in all Knowsley parks and green spaces owned by the council.

This will include undertaking a review and agreeing a programme of designations, such as Fields in Trust designations, as appropriate during 2022/2023 and ensuring the parks and green spaces meet the needs of the community, including health and wellbeing, and play a lead role in tackling the climate emergency.

Kier Starmer’s article for the S*n

Members rejected a Notice of Motion proposed by Cllr Steve Smith condemning Labour Leader Sir Kier Starmer for his decision to write an article for the S*n.

Read more about the Notice of Motion here