Having noted the points raised by Councillor Stephen Greek as Vice-Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in relation to the reference submitted by the Committee (at item 7), Cabinet
(1) the Council’s strategic approach on race equality in Harrow and the Race Equality Action Plan attached at Appendix A to the officer report, be agreed and the Chief Executive, following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Equality and Public Health, be authorised to implement the Plan;
(2) the Zero Tolerance Statement attached at Appendix B to the officer report, be approved.
Reason for Decision: In light of the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter protests and the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on those from Black, Asian, and Multi-Ethnic backgrounds, the Council recognised the need to do more to improve the experiences and outcomes for staff. The report set out the Council’s ambitions on race equality in Harrow Council and responded to the recommendations set out in the Independent Race Review conducted by Professor Patrick Vernon in April 2021.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected: As set out in the report.
Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted: None.