Principles met

  • We will develop systems that enable citizens to be equal partners in designing and commissioning public services and in determining the use of public resources.
  • We will explore ways for councils to act as a platform for helping the community to contribute to local outcomes, and to re-think the role of councillors as community connectors, brokers and leaders.

As one of the UK’s most diverse boroughs, Brent has the seventh highest black community in London by numbers. The Black community continue to be affected by inequalities and systemic racism, brought into sharp focus by the tragic killing of George Floyd in the US. The Covid-19 pandemic also shone a light on the deep inequalities that exist, with Black communities being disproportionately impacted in terms of the number of cases of the virus and mortality rates.

To address the inequalities our Black community continue to face, we agreed the Black Community Action Plan (BCAP) in July 2020.

The Action Plan

In June 2020 the Council’s Leader, Cllr Muhammed Butt, Deputy Leader, Cllr Margaret McLennan and Chief Executive, Carolyn Downs, met with 72 black community leaders and young people from Black communities across the borough to listen to their concerns and ideas about what could be done to make black lives better; how the Black community could be supported to determine local solutions to improve outcomes, and how the Council could work with local communities to reduce inequalities in Brent. This conversation led to the development of the BCAP, which sets out the Council’s 10-year commitment to tackling inequalities experienced by our Black community.

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