We know that in order to create opportunities for each and every person in our city region, the decisions that we make at the Combined Authority must be underpinned by the principles of social justice and fairness.
That’s why Steve Rotheram set up the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board, to ensure that every policy, every service and every economic initiative is measured against our commitment to deliver a fairer and more equal city region.
Established in 2017, the board is the first of its kind in the country and brings together people from a cross section of our local communities, reflecting the diversity of the city region. It acts as an independent sounding board, ensuring that issues of fairness and social justice are considered in every strategy that we make as a Combined Authority.
During 2020/21 the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board and its members had the following impact:
- FASJAB members joined the Economic Recovery Panel and helped to shape the LCR Recovery Plan
- FASJAB members participated in the stakeholder panel for the Fair Employment Charter which launched in February 2021
- A FASJAB member sat on the assessment panel for the Future Innovation Fund, ensuring that issues of equality, diversity and inclusion were enhanced in the assessment process
- Worked with Poverty and Life Chances Standing Action Group to develop its priorities of sustainable and affordable food, and foundation years
- Hosted consultation events for the LCR Spatial Development Strategy
- Co-hosted a virtual assembly with the VS6 Partnership, the third sector umbrella body, entitled “Seeing Inequalities through a BAME lens‟, chaired by FASJAB member Tracey Gore
- FASJAB members participated in a stakeholder panel as part of the selection process for the Combined Authority Chief Executive appointment process
- FASJAB members were interviewed as part of the independent Equality Audit process commissioned by the Combined Authority
- FASJAB members provided feedback on the development of the Combined Authority‟s Active Travel campaign, particularly in relation to issues of inclusion and inclusive communication
- Recognised as a model of best practice by IPPR North in their report “Women in the North – Choosing to Challenge Inequalities”.
More information about the work of the Advisory Board can be found in the Annual Review 2020-21.