• Sunday , 19 November 2017

Ambitious for Fairness and Opportunity

opp and fairThe Opportunity and Fairness Commission’s Final Report was launched at Croydon College at 6:30pm on last night which sets out a range of recommendations that could reshape the borough’s economic and social future.

The report, ‘A Better Croydon for Everyone’,  was launched and discussed at a public meeting at Croydon College on Thursday 27 January.

Commission Chair, Bishop Jonathan Clark said,

“We hope our report will mark an important step in Croydon coming together to shape its own destiny. We have many challenges but also a huge array of assets – people and organisations doing great things. We have set out over 60 recommendations that can change Croydon for good, but only if we work together to make it happen. I call on organisations and individuals to commit to implement these changes and together we can create a borough of fairness and opportunity. I am unapologetic in quoting Ghandi when I urge all of you to be the change you want to see.”

The report is a culmination of year’s work by the Commission during which over 3000 people have been engaged by Commissioners, including the Youth Commission.

Commission Chair, Bishop Jonathan Clark, said, “We hope our report will mark an important step in Croydon coming together to shape its own destiny.  We have many challenges but also a huge array of assets – people and organisations doing great things.  We have set out 58 recommendations that can change Croydon for good.  But only if we work together to make it happen.  I call on organisations and individuals to commit to implement these changes. Together we can create a borough of fairness and opportunity. I am unapologetic in quoting Ghandi when I urge all of you to be the change you want to see.”

Commenting on the report Cabinet Member and Councillor Mark Watson said,

“We welcome the Commission’s report and the many great ideas in it. For example, the Council is enthusiastic about the idea of an Employment Charter and is actively looking at ways to incentivise employers to sign up to the Charter, which includes London Living Wage.”

The recommendations cover key themes including:

  • New approaches to nurturing volunteering
  • Devolving power to local residents and businesses
  • Spreading prosperity out from the town centre
  • Better support for mental wellbeing in schools
  • More work to reduce the problem social isolation
  • Ways to increase security in the private rental sector and tackle homelessness
  • Support for residents facing debt and to support those with disabilities or long term illnesses into work

Commitments include:

  • To help move Croydon to being a higher wage economy by the council, when business rates are devolved by the government, offering reductions for businesses who sign up to a “Croydon Employment Charter”, including paying all employees at least the London Living Wage.
  • Support for those who become homeless, including a ‘FairBnB’ model which would incentivise home owners and potentially tenants to provide spare rooms to those in need.
  • To give neighbourhoods and high streets the power to shape their communities through negotiated devolution of power to neighbourhood centres, with more power to tackle antisocial behaviour, change parking rules and improve the local environment.
  • Ensure local work experience for every young person at college in Croydon roll out of First Step.

You can download the final-report here

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