Merton committed to equality

Merton Council is asking residents to take a look at its new draft Corporate Equality Scheme for the next three years and give their views.

Although 85% of residents already agree that Merton is a place where people from different backgrounds get on well together (2008 Annual residents survey), the draft Corporate Equality Scheme 2010 – 2013 sets out what the council will do to further promote equality and diversity among people of different ages, ethnicities, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation, faiths or beliefs.

The new scheme also highlights evidence of the many successes in Merton achieved under the previous scheme. Securing funding for the country’s first purpose built Intergenerational centre, improving transport links to the east of the borough with the opening of Mitcham Eastfields station, achieving level 4 of the Equality Standard for local government, signing the London Child Poverty Pledge and establishing a Merton Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community forum are key achievements for the council.

The draft scheme can be found on the Merton Council website at http://www.merton.gov.uk/council/plansandpolicies/equality-scheme

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community safety and engagement Councillor Henry Nelless said:

“We are very proud of how much has already been achieved but are committed to putting the needs of all our residents first and going further to create a community where everyone enjoys equal opportunities and no one is harassed or discriminated against because of their ethnicity, age, disability, gender, faith, belief or sexual orientation.

“The Corporate Equality sets out how we plan to address the needs of those who have faced discrimination in the past and work towards improving the lives of all our residents for the future. We would therefore welcome any comments and feedback.”

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The draft new Corporate Equality Scheme is out for public consultation until Friday 11 September 2009.