Hosted by LCRCA | Monday 15 March 2021 | 4pm | online
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) is hosting an engagement event to present and receive feedback on its commitments within the Race Equality Declaration of Intent.
On the 25th May 2020, news spread of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic and its disproportionate impact on disadvantaged and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and the Black Lives Matters Movement give social and racial justice a new level of urgency.
This context, and the global focus on racial injustice and inequalities mean we must act now to tackle race equality and work together to create an anti-racist culture through the elimination of bias, discrimination and injustice across systems and institutions.
Racism is a structural problem which exists in nearly all major institutions and organisations. Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) recognises institutional and systemic racism as a legitimate issue, one that has no quick fix, but can no longer go unaddressed.
The City Region’s population is increasingly diverse and multicultural, however Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic residents in the City Region face higher employment gaps, are more likely to be economically inactive, are paid less on average than white residents are more likely to live in poverty and less likely to own their own home. LCRCA accepts that it has an important role to play in tackling this injustice and inequality and driving forward positive change.
As a major employer, we must look internally at our own organisation, which is failing to be representative of the population it serves, especially at a senior level. As a funder, we have a responsibility to ensure our programmes are accessible to all of our residents and finally as a key institution in the City Region, we must use our convening and soft powers to set best practice for other organisations and stakeholders to follow. Put simply, we must do the right thing for our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic employees and residents and influence the partners we work with to do the same.
In its Declaration of Intent, the LCRCA has set out a series of commitments around how it seeks to promote race equality in its areas of influence and responsibility. This is one of a series of events we are holding with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities to understand if we have the right approach and whether our targets will achieve the desired outcomes.
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