Views sought on equalities in Brent

19 June 2019

Residents, workers and those who study in Brent are being asked to complete an online questionnaire which aims to gather views on equality issues in the borough.

Respondents to the questionnaire, published this week (June, 18) by Brent Council as part of a review required under law every four years of objectives in promoting equalities, will be asked how strongly they feel issues such as tackling isolation, championing diversity, providing accessible services and combatting bullying, hate and harassment should be prioritised, and to suggest what Brent's objectives should be.

Feedback provided through the questionnaire will be taken into account and the suggested objectives amended, before being used to inform Brent Council's Equality Strategy 2019 - 2023, which will be put before the Cabinet later in the year.

Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council, said:

"Our borough's greatest strength is our diversity and, in particular, how our differences, be it race, colour or creed are respected, are celebrated and all people are made to feel welcome here.

"We are committed to preserving this strength and create more opportunities for our residents to flourish, and a refreshed Equality Strategy, with refreshed objectives will help us to do this as we plan, commission and deliver local services for our residents.

"We know that the best results can only be achieved by working in partnership with Brent residents, students, workers, partner organisations, businesses and others with an interest in the successes of Brent, which is why we are committed to ensuring the strategy and its objectives are relevant, by getting your views and asking you for your ideas.

"I'd encourage everyone to have their say."

The nine groups of 'protected characteristics' in the 2010 Equality Act are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The questionnaire is open until 26 August 2019 and takes a few minutes to complete.

Alternatively, paper and Easy-Read versions are available from libraries.

For more information, visit the council's website or email equality@brent.gov.uk