New Scheme to Tackle Poverty and Prejudice Launched in York
8:26am 4th December 2012
A new and far-reaching Equality Scheme has been launched by City of York Council to ensure that everyone should enjoy an excellent quality of life in York.
The ‘York Equality Scheme – A Fairer York’ focuses on narrowing equality gaps in relation to income, child poverty, unemployment, educational attainment, homelessness, access to affordable decent housing and health while also respecting and celebrating diversity in the city – and in the council itself.
Launched by Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism with guest speaker Clarke Carlisle, chair of the Professional Footballers' Association and Kick It Out ambassador, Cllr Crisp said: “Politicians, like me, are motivated to get into politics for lots of different reasons. I am fortunate to have an interesting and wide-ranging portfolio and I enjoy the work I do to support arts and culture in the city. However, the work we are launching today goes right to the very heart of why I stood for public office. Because today we are talking about fairness, inclusion, respect and our ambition to ensure that every individual and community in York has a voice. I want our city to be the most equal in Britain and I am delighted to be here today to share in the launch of the York Equality Scheme. This is the work that matters to me!”
The Centre for Cities most recent report says that York is sixth out of the ten most equal cities in the UK, but the council is aiming for not just a leading progressive fair and inclusive city where discrimination and disadvantage are tackled, but as an organisation and employer it has equality at the very core of its ethos.
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