Last summer, Talk London hosted a consultation on the Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Vision. This included discussions on what a London identity looks like, the challenges of raising a family in the capital and what Londoners think of diversity and inclusion.
Based on all feedback from Londoners, community groups and other organisations, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy is now being developed.
Below are some of the changes that have been made to the strategy following your responses to the consultation, including several things not covered by the original draft:
- A greater focus on childcare
- More focus on issues faced by care leavers
- More focus, in general, on work experience and careers
- Inclusion of the need for disability equality training for staff on London’s transport system
- More focus on issues caused by cycling on pavements and a lack of benches (noted by older Londoners especially)
- Plans for London as a Dementia Friendly city
- An increased focus on older Londoners, including lifelong learning and work
- An emphasis on the fact that inclusive design is about much more than step-free access
- An idea for the use of fire stations as safe havens (raised by London Fire Brigade)
- More focus on ensuring safe housing for all (raised by many after the Grenfell Fire)
- Recognition of London’s Latin American community
The Strategy is due to launch soon after this May’s local elections. City Hall’s Communities and Social Policy team are now working with partner organisations to develop an action plan to achieve the Strategy’s goals. We’ll share further updates with you when we can.