This week, Labour-led Haringey Council has released the findings from its Fairness Commission titled ‘Progress with Humanity.’
The creation of the Fairness Commission, a key pledge in our manifesto, aimed to listen to members of the community on how to make Haringey a more equal place.
For a decade, Conservative and Liberal Democrat austerity has targeted Haringey residents through reducing welfare payments, slashing local government funding and cutting school budgets.
These cuts disproportionately impact already vulnerable groups in our borough – women, disabled people and those from ethnic minority backgrounds.
The Fairness Commission Report has made a number of recommendations to address the major issues raised by residents, charities and community organisations in Haringey. This includes the current Conservative Government recognising the impact our broken economic model and reductions to local authority budgets is having on the most deprived communities in Haringey.
Locally, recommendations include providing safe and secure housing for all residents, introducing an ethical approach to debt collection and make schools responsible for the children they exclude.
Cllr Kaushika Amin, Cabinet Member of Corporate and Civic Services said: “There has been great local enthusiasm for the Fairness Commission and its work, and the release of its final report is a hugely important step in our efforts to make Haringey a more equal borough.
“I am delighted that so many Haringey residents have engaged enthusiastically with the Commission and their ideas are present in this report. It is now time for all those concerned to come together to address these proposals to make Haringey fairer for all.”