I am delighted the Oldham Fairness Commission (OFC) hosted its conference at Mahdlo at 10am on 29th January.
Thanks to the over 100 people who joined us at Mahdlo for the Oldham Fairness Commission (OFC) conference. People from across the Borough came together as the OFC commissioners discussed their draft plans to tackle inequalities and build a Fairer Oldham.
There were some great questions and discussions as people put across their thoughts and challenged Commissioners on their plans. This is not the end of the process but just the beginning in fact! We will be sharing details and outcomes from the conference in the comings weeks so please watch this space. We know that fairer and more equal societies benefit all of us – we’re doing our bit in Oldham.
A huge thanks to Kevin Sinfield, Oldham Foodbank, Victor & Aaron, Hannah, Official Oldham Athletic FC, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Marzia, St Anne’s RC Primary Year 5&6 pupils, Fatima Women’s Association,Cafe Alt volunteers, Abbey, Terry Flanagan, Abid, Mariam, T.Jay and Jeremy Corbyn as they show their support for the Oldham Fairness Commission in this video and say why it’s important to build a #Faireroldham.
See why Oldhamer and Rugby League legend, Kevin Sinfield is backing the OFC in the video below.
I established the OFC in 2013 in response to the persistent inequalities that exist across Oldham borough. The Commission is composed of local individuals with proven knowledge and expertise from the public, private and voluntary sectors across the Borough.
One outcome of the inequalities is that there is more than an 11 year life expectancy ‘gap’ between men who live in the most and least deprived parts of the borough. But many of these inequalities are not fixed or inevitable.
The OFC has gathered evidence though oral hearings and written submissions and a full report was produced in March 2015 with recommendations to take forward. The report can be read here.
I do hope you will be able to join us and take part in building a fairer Oldham. To RSVP please email, Harpreet Uppal on firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 25 January.
The Oldham Fairness Commission was set up in July 2013 by Debbie Abrahams MP to identify and address what may be contributing to local inequalities in education, employment and income, and to define action to address these issues through local partners and beyond.
One outcome of the socio-economic inequalities that exist is that there is more than an 11 year life expectancy ‘gap’ between men who live in the most and least deprived parts of the borough. But many of these inequalities are not fixed or inevitable. There is no Law of Nature that decrees that the children of poor families should die at twice the rate of children born into rich families. Fairer more equal societies benefit us all.
Analysing data, policies and evidence as well as written evidence submissions and oral evidence from expert witnesses, the Commission will seek to complement and enhance the existing work that is being undertaken by our partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
The report was published on 26th March 2015 and can be read here (pdf document).
The Commission ran from July 2013 to winter 2014/15 with a maximum of 5 meetings during that period, Four oral evidence hearings – one each on education, employment and income and inequalities between different population groups.
All oral hearings were held in public with opportunities for local people to contribute.
The first Oldham Fairness Commission Hearing, on Education, took place on Friday 25th October 2013 from 2.30pm-4pm. For more details about the session, please click here and for the minutes, please click here (pdf document).
The second Fairness Commission Inquiry, on Employment, took place on Friday 24 January 2014, 2.30pm-4pm at The Centre (Positive Steps), 8 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DJ. For minutes from the session, please click here (pdf document).
The third Fairness Commission Inquiry, on income inequality, took place on Friday 4th April, from 12.30 to 14.00pm at Shaw and Crompton Parish Council, 1 Kershaw Street East, Oldham, OL2 8AB. For minutes from the session, please click here (pdf document).
The final Fairness Commission Inquiry, on inequalities between different population groups, took place on Friday 27th February at Uppermill Civic Hall, Saddleworth. For minutes from the session, please click here (pdf document).
See the Oldham Fairness Commission in action in the video below.
Recommendations and Next Steps
Commissioners will report to and from the organisations they represent. The Commission’s recommendations and outcomes will be adopted and implementation by the partner organisations and agencies.
Local MPs will raise issues that need to be addressed nationally with the Government.
Read more on the Commissioners here.