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Councillor Wheeler

Meeting: 01/10/2020 - Council (Item 25)

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South Kesteven District Council recognises that systemic racism and inequalities still exist in the UK today. SKDC commits to ensuring there is no place for institutional racism or unconscious bias in its functions and practices and that it is an authority not just tackling inequality to meet a duty, but one that actively works with its communities and other agencies to fight racism and hate crime throughout the district.

As such, SKDC resolves:

·       To declare that this Council is intolerant to racism and will continue to seek to eradicate it, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and hate crime across the district by developing initiatives that are actively inclusive and anti-racist;

·       To ask organisations across the district to pledge their commitment to anti-racism and tackling inequality;

·       To initiate a review involving BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) members of our community, of processes, policies and organisational attitudes;

·       To invite appropriate speakers on these issues to help with training for councillors and staff.

Minutes:

Councillor Amanda Wheeler presented her motion:

 

“South Kesteven District Council recognises that systemic racism and inequalities still exist in the UK today. SKDC commits to ensuring there is no place for institutional racism or unconscious bias in its functions and practices and that it is an authority not just tackling inequality to meet a duty, but one that actively works with its communities and other agencies to fight racism and hate crime throughout the district.

 

As such, SKDC resolves:

 

·       To declare that this Council is intolerant to racism and will continue to seek to eradicate it, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and hate crime across the district by developing initiatives that are actively inclusive and anti-racist;

·       To ask organisations across the district to pledge their commitment to anti-racism and tackling inequality;

·       To initiate a review involving BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) members of our community, of processes, policies and organisational attitudes;

·       To invite appropriate speakers on these issues to help with training for councillors and staff.”

In proposing her motion Councillor Wheeler referred to the fact that it was Black History Month and that she had no first-hand experience of racism in the district.  She referred to the newly formed Stamford Anti Racialism Group and the survey it had carried out in Stamford and the surrounding area and gave examples of some of the racist comments experienced by people.   She stated that any report in the Rutland and Stamford Mercury which related to racism had attracted hundreds of comments on social media including offensive comments. 

 

Councillor Wheeler stated that change had been instigated within the community and she referred to Stamford Endowed School which had taken notice of the experience of their non-white pupils.  The school was tackling discrimination as a priority which included appointing student ambassadors and training staff.

 

She asked that the Council did the same to ensure that the district became the best place to live, work and to visit.  The motion was seconded.

 

An amendment was then proposed by Councillor Ray Wootten. In proposing his amendment he made reference to the Rural and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the work that the committee had done in relation to community cohesion and supporting  work carried out by the Jubilee Life Centre.

 

South Kesteven District Council recognises that there is no place for racism in the UK today. SKDC commits to ensuring its functions and practices are compliant with its legal obligation under the Equality Act 2010 and that it is an authority not just tackling inequality to meet a duty, but one that actively works with its communities and other agencies to fight racism and hate crime throughout the district.

As such, SKDC resolves:

·       To declare that this Council is intolerant to racism and will continue to seek to eradicate it, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and hate crime across the district by developing initiatives that are actively inclusive and anti-racist;

 

·       To acknowledge the work carried out by the Rural and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee of this Council, responding  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25


Meeting: 17/09/2020 - Council (Item 16)

16 Councillor Amanda Wheeler pdf icon PDF 149 KB

South Kesteven District Council recognises that systemic racism and inequalities still exist in the UK today. SKDC commits to ensuring there is no place for institutional racism or unconscious bias in its functions and practices and that it is an authority not just tackling inequality to meet a duty, but one that actively works with its communities and other agencies to fight racism and hate crime throughout the district.

As such, SKDC resolves:

·       To declare that this Council is intolerant to racism and will continue to seek to eradicate it, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and hate crime across the district by developing initiatives that are actively inclusive and anti-racist;

·       To ask organisations across the district to pledge their commitment to anti-racism and tackling inequality;

·       To initiate a review involving BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) members of our community, of processes, policies and organisational attitudes;

·       To invite appropriate speakers on these issues to help with training for councillors and staff.

Minutes:

Motion deferred to the next ordinary meeting of Council on 1 October 2020.