Brent Black Community Action Plan

Closes 31 Dec 2021

Opened 8 Dec 2020

Overview

The Brent Black Community Action Plan, which includes tackling health inequalities, developing community spaces that will be run and managed by members of the community and an internal review of processes in the council, was unanimously agreed by the Council on 13 July 2020.

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, some of which has been highlighted following the tragic killing of George Floyd in the US that sparked off 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.

In addition to this, the Black community in Brent has also been rocked by two recent incidents in the borough, the shooting in Harlesden that resulted in four people, including a mother and her two-year-old child, injured and the murder of two women in Fryent Park whose case was further marred by subsequent alleged police misconduct.

In June, 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 to listen to their concerns and ideas about what could be done to make lives better for local residents. The plan that was agreed at Full Council aims to support the Black community and reduce inequalities in the borough.

Some of the key initiatives in the plan are ongoing pieces of work. There are already positive results following the initiative to raise the educational achievement of boys of Black Caribbean heritage as a Borough Plan priority.

Other actions, 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 new and are part of on-going conversations between the council and the community.

The ten points 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 and engagement

7) Internal review of processes within the Council

8) Homes and homelessness

9) Tackling health inequalities

10) Embedding equality and diversity within the Council workforce

The full action plan can be found below.

To watch a recording of the recent Time to Talk about the Black Community Action plan event that took place on the 8th December 2020 click here: https://brent.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/532092

Why we are consulting

Brent Council and the Young Brent Foundation want to hear from the community to further understand the issues they face and how we can continue to develop the Brent Black Community Action Plan so that it continues to benefit all Black communities in Brent.

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