Kingston Council approves a new Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
‘Inclusive Kingston’, a bold new strategy which sets out the Council’s overarching framework for promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in Kingston has been approved.
Inclusive Kingston was approved last night (Tuesday 13 July) at the council's Corporate and Resources Committee.
The strategy, which will last from 2021-25, was developed through engagement with community groups, partners and residents. It covers all nine of the protected characteristics.
Cllr Cobbett, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Communities and Engagement, which includes equalities, said:
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the impact of inequality more than ever.
We all face different barriers to opportunity in life, and there are parts of our community who still face systemic discrimination and prejudice. As such we acknowledge the need to provide additional support to those who need it most.
As a Council we have a key enabling role to play in building a more equal Borough, but we know we won’t succeed if this is simply another Council owned strategy. The aspirations outlined here belong to the people of the Borough, across all of our four neighbourhoods and regardless of background or belief.
As the Lead Member for Equalities, I am pleased to champion this strategy.
The strategy will be formally launched later in July.