The third evidence session for the Oldham Fairness Commission 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.
Oldham has higher levels of income inequality than most other parts of Greater Manchester and surrounding areas as well as within the borough itself – with numerous wards within Oldham having both affluent and deprived communities within them.
For more information on how the evidence session went, click here
The Commission invited a range of national and local organisations to provide written evidence to the Oldham Fairness Commission employment inequalities inquiry. The Commission asked for evidence which would contribute to the understanding of:
- The current and historical differences in income levels for different population groups i.e. men/women, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups, people with disabilities, different socioeconomic groups;
- The underlying causes for these inequalities, with particular attention to current issues;
- The current national and local policy context and how this is affecting these inequalities;
- What other interventions are needed to address these inequalities, including the evidence of their effectiveness.
Oral evidence was provided by The Equality Trust, KPMG and Oldham Council.
The Equality Trust – Professor Richard Wilkinson, author of the Spirit Level as well as Co-founder and board member of the Equality Trust will be attending as the guest expert. The Spirit Level, which Prof Wilkinson wrote along with Kate Pickett, won the 2011 Political Studies Association Publication of the Year Award and the 2010 Bristol Festival of Ideas Prize. He is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at UCL and a Visiting Professor at the University of York.
KPMG – Mike Kelly is Head of Corporate Responsibility at KPMG. He is currently seconded to the Living Wage Foundation, where he chairs the Advisory Council and has been engaged in the work of Citizens UK the charity of which the Foundation is a project, for the last nine years. At KPMG Mike introduced the Living Wage into the business in partnership with the then Head of Facilities following the Board’s decision to do so.
Oldham Council – Councillor Jenny Harrison is the Cabinet Member for Commissioning and Public Sector Reform. She will be joined by Cathy Butterworth, People Services, Oldham Council. Oldham Council recently introduced the Fair Employment Charter which both Jenny and Cathy worked on.
See the Commission in action below.