23rd Oct, 2020

Task Group to be formed to analyse if Bromsgrove District Council has any racial disparities

A TASK group is being formed by Bromsgrove District Council to investigate any racial disparities in the authority’s operations.

Coun Harrison Rone-Clarke praised the unanimous support from all members of the Overview and Scrutiny Task Force when he put forward the idea to look at the council’s recruitment, workforce and the way it allocates funding.

He took the decision following the chain of events and protests after George Floyd’s death in America.

The task group will be chaired by Labour leader Coun Peter McDonald and it is estimated the investigation will take around six months.

The group will then report back with its findings.

Coun Rone-Clarke said: “We are not suggesting there are any racial disparities in the council but self-analysis and improvement if it is needed is always good for any organisation.

“I think this is quite a unique approach and it would be good to see other local authorities follow suit.”

Abdul Jilani, who was a member of the national Racial Equality Council, moved to Bromsgrove three years ago.

He gave a speech at the meeting to talk about the importance of the task group.

He praised Coun Rone-Clarke for his address and said: “I think it’s a fantastic decision – it will be good to look at the council and see if any changes are needed.

“Bromsgrove has a growing ethnic minority population.

“It’s a nice place to live and we have a lot of professional people coming here – doctors, accountants and bank managers.

“It’s important everyone in our community has the same opportunities and we must make sure we have a society which has solidarity at its centre and no division.”

Mr Jilani said he was looking forward to helping the task force in any way he can.

Coun Rone-Clarke said: “I’d especially like to thank Abdul for giving such a fantastic speech in support of this proposal, using his own experiences as a person of colour to inform the councillors.”

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