Bristol’s five year challenge – Tackling Inequality event to discuss the draft Corporate Strategy

Following the launch of Bristol City Council’s draft Corporate Strategy consultation seeking people’s views on a draft five-year plan for the city, Mayor Marvin Rees would like to invite you to an Equality and Diversity event to discuss the city’s future.

The draft Corporate Strategy  published here details the challenges for the city and outlines possible solutions to a budget gap of at least £92m from April 2017 – March 2022.

Our vision is for Bristol  has tackling inequalities at its heart , for Bristol to be a city:

●In which everyone benefits from the city’s success and no-one is left behind

●Where people have access to decent jobs and affordable homes

●In which services and opportunities are accessible

●Where life chances and health are not determined by wealth and background

●That leads on tackling climate change and the damaging impact of air pollution

●Which is easier to get around and has improved public transport

We want to talk to equalities organisations and activists how we want work together to address the persistent economic, health, and educational inequalities experienced by people from equalities communities. We want to ensure that everyone benefits from Bristol’s success.

There will also be a question and answer session

Bristol residents are invited to come along to share ideas and contribute to the debate about  how the city can make these essential savings whilst still delivering the services that people rely upon.

The event is on Friday 18th November 2016

At City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR.

Please use the entrance to the back of the building as the meeting will take place in the Cash Hall on the ground floor.

Please book here using Eventbrite

The event will start at 12.00 -13.00 with an opportunity to read paper copies of the strategy, to network and put forward the questions you want to ask relating to the budget where light refreshments will be available. The formal meeting will begin at 1pm and close at 3.30pm.

Entry is by ticket only. Tickets can be reserved by visiting the Council’s Eventbrite page, see links below:

Equalities

We have a legal duty to properly consider the impact our proposals might have on people with ‘protected characteristics’. These are: age, disability, gender, reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

We do a ‘relevance check’ for each proposal which outlines high-level issues and checks to see if a full Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) is needed. These relevance checks are published on our website. Our Equality Impact Assessments will continue to be developed during our consultation.

Anyone wishing to ask a question is encouraged to do so at 12.00-13.00 pre-event networking session.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

“I want to involve the whole city in this discussion to establish how we can maintain the services that people rely on whilst also making the savings that we need to deliver. Our focus must be on convening people around the city’s priorities and helping others to get things done.

Although I am disappointed with our starting position I am concentrating on the task at hand. I understand that people may feel anger at some of the proposals we’re putting forward but I would remind everyone that these are ideas, not policy.

We acknowledge that we cannot continue to provide all the things we once did. This consultation and the discussions we need to have with our communities is about new ways of delivering services and working in partnership with others across the city to explore how we can all do our bit to meet the challenges we face.

I encourage as many people as possible to come to these events and play their part in developing ideas for the future of the city and the Council.”

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol