Working together to tackle inequalities

Calderdale Council’s commitment and action to reduce inequalities, celebrate diversity and ensure a fair health and care system will be discussed at the next Cabinet meeting on Monday 29 March.

In December 2020, the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership signed off a new plan setting out actions that all partners, including Calderdale Council, can take to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and staff.

As part of the Council’s commitment to the plan and its ongoing work on inclusion and equality, Cabinet Members will assess whether current activity is helping to achieve a fair future for all local communities, especially on issues such as education, public health and mental health services, and will look at where more work needs to be done.

Diversity and inclusion are always a priority for the Council. Work has stepped up to tackle inequality over the last two years since the launch of the Vision2024 for Calderdale, and even more during the pandemic. The Vision aims to realise the potential to make the borough’s five key qualities (enterprising, talented, kind, resilient and distinctive) mean something for all communities, regardless of who they are – complementing the Cabinet priorities of equality, climate change and sustainable towns.

Unfortunately, BAME communities are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in Calderdale and across the country. This, added to existing health inequalities in our communities, sadly has an impact on quality of life, life expectancy and experience of work.

To help address these inequalities, Cabinet Members will be asked to formally adopt the action plan launched by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership after it had completed its BAME review. Cllr Tim Swift, Chair of the Partnership and Leader of Calderdale Council, commissioned the review in July 2020 to improve access to safe work for BAME staff across the region; ensure services meet different groups’ needs; reduce inequalities in mental health for BAME communities; celebrate diversity and harness the talent of BAME people.

Local responsibility for the plan would be with the Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, which represents the borough’s health and care system, and the Council’s Corporate Equalities Group, which influences, shapes and oversees work on equalities.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet meeting will be held on Monday 29 March from 6pm. The meeting will be live streamed on the Council’s YouTube channel.