Health and social inequalities-Meeting of the Council Equalities Group – January, 2023.
This group meets several times a year and is important because of the close connection between ill health and social and economic inequality. The membership is of council staff, council members and representatives of many third sector and interest groups.
A presentation looked at key elements in the Council Annual Delivery Plan 2023-2o24: working with families; sustainability; supporting local communities; respecting all individuals and communities. There are challenges with the continuing cost of living crisis, maintaining the resilience of the council to deliver basic services and climate change.
A second presentation dealt with the Wellbeing Plan which included the Council becoming “Age Friendly”, creating a healthier Vale for all age groups and reducing the impact of climate change.
The Council has a “Participation Programme” to enhance the involvement of all Vale residents in working with the council-the key issue being how to engage with individuals and local communities. Surveys and consultations can help but other means need to be explored- research data, the contributions of local councillors and contact with local communities.
The plans are ambitious but it is only by involving residents that the council can be sure that its services and policies are aligned with the needs and wishes of the whole community.
Ron Walton , February,2023,