This is an event to discuss and gather evidence about persistent inequalities in regards to participation and leadership in the borough. We want to better understand the issues and need your help to do it.
Come and tell us what you think are some of the main causes of inequalities in relation to participation, decision making and leadership. We want to better understand the effects of inequality in this area as well as identify solutions.
Resident participation in local organisations, including decision making forums, has been shown to result in greater engagement in politics, democratic processes and can enable them to experience better and more responsive services. We know there are some groups of residents who for a range of possible reasons are less likely to participate in decision making. These include: unemployed residents, council tenants, digitally excluded residents, BME residents from the Black and Portuguese communities and Muslim residents. Participation is an important indicator as whether someone agrees that they can influence decisions in the local area, with people who participate in a local group or organisation being more likely to agree they can influence decisions. According to our Resident’s Survey Muslim residents, those with a long-term illness, and younger residents are more likely to disagree they can shape local decision-making.
We are keen to understand why these issues persist and will host this open event for all to come along and have their say.
About the Lambeth Equality Commission
Lambeth’s Equality Commission will be hosting four events between November 2016 to January 2017 to take a deeper look into the reasons behind persistent inequalities in the borough. Each event will focus on one of four themes; education and learning, income and employment, participation, representation and leadership and crime and justice. If you or someone you know would like to give evidence in person and hear more about the work of the commission please come along to one or more of our events.