27 June 2016

Council statement on launch of Fairness Commission report

Brighton & Hove City Council Leader, Warren Morgan, has welcomed the launch of the Brighton & Hove Fairness Commission’s report.

He said “On behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council, I would like to thank Vic Rayner for her dedication as chair of the Fairness Commission, and the other commissioners for all their hard work over the past year.

“The report is a powerful reminder to the city that more must be done to tackle poverty and inequality, and make Brighton & Hove a fairer place to live and work. It has challenging recommendations aimed not only at local leaders, but also at central government too. The report also highlights that Brighton & Hove is a vibrant, diverse, and economically and culturally thriving city, with communities who want to play their part in Brighton & Hove’s future success.

“As Leader, I am committed to making Brighton & Hove a fairer place, and doing whatever we can to ensure that everyone shares in our economic success. We proposed the creation of the independent Fairness Commission to find out how to make the city a place where everyone has an equal chance to fulfil their potential, despite our shrinking financial resources.

“The council will continue to work with our partners and communities to tackle inequality and unfairness together; we cannot achieve this alone. We are now considering how we can best use the report’s findings and will respond to the recommendations in the coming months, with the Neighbourhoods, Communities and Equalities Committee headed by Cllr Emma Daniel co-ordinating both the council response and partnership responses through Brighton and Hove Connected.

“Finally, I’d like to thank the residents, businesses, community groups, and other organisations, who took the time to offer their own personal experiences and contribute to the work of the Fairness Commission”.

The report is hosted on the council website.

ENDS