The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu opened the first of a series of public meetings for the Fairness Commission last night in York.
The meeting, at the Ron Cooke Hub at the University of York, was an opportunity for key stakeholders across the city to put forward their views.
During his speech, the Archbishop stated that you can judge how healthy a society is by how it looks after its poor and vulnerable. He said; “I am so encouraged by the establishment of this Fairness Commission for York – and so proud to be its Patron. Indeed, it is a great privilege to be asked to open this ‘Fairness debate’ in this great City of ours. As our country goes through tough economic times we need to remember that not all in our society are greatly privileged”.
The Fairness Commission seeks to tackle poverty and injustice in all its forms – and its vision is to ensure the well-being of each person in the community; to provide access to services and support, and to make the provision of work a priority.
The Archbishop said: “Over the next few weeks we will be discussing the big issues affecting our community. However, if is to be successful, the Fairness Commission must also deliver at a grass roots level. That is why these public meetings are so important. What needs to happen is a dialogue across our City. We need to listen to those in need and those facing difficult times. We want to hear your views. We want to do something about this. Let us stand together, united against injustice”.
Representatives from voluntary and community groups, public and private sector service providers, small businesses, trade unions were invited to the first public meeting. Fairness Commission Chair, Ruth Redfern and Commissioners Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett, John Lister and John Kennedy also took part.
For more information about future meetings - visit the Fairness Commission website.
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