Working with BME communities

As the majority of our councillors and staff are white we recognise there are perspectives, issues and needs that we don’t know, experience and see. Therefore the council must listen to the voices of BME people in decisions and services that affect their lives. 

We are mindful that many BME residents have already told us of the challenges and barriers they face and not enough action and change has taken place.

BME community groups are being invited to join a Community Advisory Group to help directly shape our anti-racist strategy by advising on their lived experiences and diverse perspectives.

We will continue to work with our BME staff, individual residents, community groups, other public service providers and employers to realise the goal of Brighton & Hove becoming an anti-racist city.

What we'll do

We will:

  • make sure a BME representative sits on the council’s main decision-making committee (Policy & Resources)
  • create and deliver a civic leadership programme aimed at increasing participation in local decision making in under represented communities
  • establish a Community Advisory Group to shape the council’s anti-racism strategy 
  • improve our collaboration with BME communities
  • resource BME groups to have stronger voices and influence
  • educate councillors and officers on white privilege, language and structural racism