Brent Black Community Action Plan

Brent is the most diverse borough in the country and has the seventh highest black community in London by numbers. The Black community continue to be affected by inequalities and systematic racism. The tragic killing of George Floyd in the US brought this into sharp focus and sparked protests around the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has also had a disproportionate impact on Black and Asian communities in terms of the number of cases of the virus and mortality rates.

To address the inequalities that our black communities continue to face, we agreed the Brent Black Community Action Plan in July 2020.

The plan, which the local community helped us to create, will among other things, build sustainable communities, with Black leaders playing a role in decision-making, develop community spaces that members of the community will run and manage and conduct an internal review of processes in the council. 

Developing a community-led plan

In June 2020 the Council’s Leader, Cllr Muhammed Butt, Deputy Leader, Cllr Margaret McLennan and Chief Executive, Carolyn Downs, met with leaders and young people from Black communities across the borough.

During the meeting, they listened to their concerns and discussed what could be done to make lives better for local residents. The ideas from this event went on to shape the nine-point action plan.

The nine themes are: 

  1. Early intervention: children, young people and families
  2. Enabling and strengthening community leadership through capacity building
  3. Developing community spaces – run and managed by local communities
  4. Supporting the black community and voluntary sector - grant funding to voluntary sector organisations and procurement
  5. Support for employment and enterprise
  6. Accountability
  7. Homes and homelessness
  8. Tackling health inequalities
  9. Embedding equality and diversity within the Council workforce

Delivering the plan

The plan will run for a period of 10 years, and is the responsibility of Councillor Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council.

The council, community and local partners and organisations all have a role in delivering the action plan.

There are already positive results following an ongoing project to raise the educational achievement of boys of Black Caribbean heritage.

New policies, such as supporting the Black community and voluntary sector, or reviewing the Equalities Analysis process the council uses to assess the impact of decisions on the Black communities, are part of on-going conversations between the council and the community.

Download a copy of the Brent Black Community Action Plan

If you would like to talk to us about the Brent Black Community Action Plan, email blackcommunityactionplan@brent.gov.uk

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