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# Issue 2 - March 2021
Welcome to the Race Equality Strategic Leaders' Group newsletter

Hello and welcome to the second edition of our bulletins to keep our partners and stakeholders updated on the latest work from our group.
 
Since January we’ve been busy finalising our group’s Annual Report to summarise all the outputs delivered over the last 12 months, as well as planning ahead to set our all-important annual work plan for 2021 / 2022.

We have received some excellent suggestions and input from partners into both these documents and we look forward to sharing the finalised versions with you all in the coming weeks.
 
We'd like to include items from the group in this bulletin. If you have any suggestion future editions please get in touch with Andrew - Andrew.Mallin@bristol.gov.uk.
 
You can find out lots more about the work of the group online. Thank you for your continued interest and support.
 
Best wishes,
 
Mike Jackson, Chair, Bristol Race Equality Strategic Leaders' Group
Race and the City 2021 - New webinar programme

A series of race equality webinar events is being developed as part of our drive to connect the city in tackling race inequality. The webinars will focus on our key areas of criminal justice, education, health and wellbeing, recruitment and employment, and intersectionality. The events will be open to everyone to attend and will be promoted through Bristol City Council channels as well as through our partner network.

The series will lead up to a year-end  Race and  the City Conference  to  highlight and tackle our city’s major challenges and opportunities.

The conference will include sessions on dealing with Institutional Racism, as well as celebrating the achievement of Bristol’s diverse communities and the hugely positive impact they have had on the city.
 
More details on specific dates along with booking instructions will be shared with you in the coming weeks and we would appreciate support from all our partners in ensuring invitations reach as wider an audience as possible.
 
Here is the webinar programme:
 
May - A spotlight on Criminal Justice
 
June - A spotlight on education
 
July - A spotlight on health and wellbeing
 
August - A spotlight on recruitment and employment
 
September - A spotlight on Muslims in Bristol – and intersectionality
 
Race in the City Conference – Date to be confirmed
Race and The City Conference 2019
Improvement of black, Asian and minority ethnic representation in staff and leadership in the city
 
The Strategic Leaders’ Group has adopted one of the key recommendations within Bristol’s Rapid Review of the Impact of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic Groups within the city.

We will lead the work on achieving a key aim of Bristol’s COVID-19 Race Equality Action plan which is “good representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in staff and leadership in the city, and regular equity audits”.

Our first commitment is to collect data from all our partners to provide clarity on the current situation. An action plan will then be developed to drive change where required which will be supported by specialist Board diversity groups.
 All partners will shortly be submitted this data as part of the production of our 3rd Race equality data product which will transparently display our data and help drive the action plan.
Progress updates will be regularly fed back to the COVID-19 race equality steering group.
 
You can access a copy of the Rapid Review here.
Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

Recently we have been able to showcase the work of our group, the race equality city network, and our partnerships at a number of local and national events and forums.
 
Recent invitations have seen Bristol’s work presented at:
  • the Government’s Commission on Race & Ethnic Disparities: Mayor’s Roundtable event.
  • Bristol’s VCSE Sector leaders’ event
  • private sector engagement presentations
  • sessions with local authorities, partner agencies and race equality networks across the country
We have also produced a case study on the work of our Race Equality Strategic Leaders’ Group which will be published on the Local Government Association Good Practice Hub for sharing good practice on a national level.
City office publishes latest One City Plan for Bristol 

In January 2019, Bristol's first One City Plan was launched. It was written to set out Bristol’s key challenges in six thematic areas (Children and Young People, Economy and Skills, Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Homes and Communities and Transport) up to 2050, bringing together partners from around the city in a shared vision for the future.
 
Each year, the City Office along with city partners, work together to shape an updated and more detailed vision for Bristol, outlining immediate and long-term priorities for each Board. The third iteration of the One City Plan has now been published and is available to view via One City Plan - Bristol One City along with the latest Annual Report for 2020
Citizens' Assembly recommendations to support Bristol's recovery
  
The City Gathering on 12 March saw the announcement of the release of the citizens’ assembly’s recommendations for the three areas of Climate Change and Housing, Transport and Health as part of Bristol’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The assembly has produced 17 recommendations to take forward.  Each recommendation has a rationale with 82 associated actions to:
  • rapidly reduce the impact of our homes on climate change
  • make changes to our neighbourhoods to make traveling easier, healthier and better for the environment
  • tackle health inequalities in Bristol.
As the next step, the recommendations will be reviewed by the council’s Cabinet, Corporate Leadership Board and the relevant services to look at legal, resourcing and other considerations. One City Thematic Boards will also review them.
You can read more about Bristol’s Citizens’ Assembly on the Your City Our Future (YCOF) web
 
Bristol Living Wage City
  
Are you a real Living Wage Employer? Becoming a Living Wage accredited employer can bring advantages to you as a business, to your staff and to Bristol. Paying the real Living Wage evidences your commitment to social value and can boost the attractiveness of your bids in competitive tendering situations.

The Living Wage badge shows that you are an organisation that values its staff and can help to attract the best workforce and reduce staff turnover costs.

Being a Living Wage employer can also give you a competitive edge when bidding for contracts with other socially aware and sustainable organisations.

Bristol is proud to be the largest Living Wage City in the UK, with major organisations and forward-looking small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) becoming accredited each month. There are over 650 living wage employers in the South West alone and 7,000 nationally. Over 20,000 people in Bristol already work for a Living Wage employer. Our aim is to double that by 2022.

The first step to accreditation is to contact the staff at the Living Wage Foundation www.livingwage.org.uk for an informal conversation. You may already be paying your staff the real Living Wage of £9.50 per hour – so get that recognised and join our growing network of Living Wage businesses across Bristol and the West of England.

To find out more about Bristol Living Wage City, and other Living Wage businesses locally, contact Bristol City Council at business@bristol.gov.uk.

In a Cardiff Business School survey of organisations ranging from SMEs to FTSE 100 businesses, 93 per cent reported they had gained as a business after becoming a real Living Wage employer
 
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