TACKLING CRIME AND INEQUALITY
We are so proud of Ealing’s diversity, but the pandemic has shone a harsh light on the structural inequalities and the institutional discriminations that hit our minority ethnic communities hardest. For too many people in Ealing, the impact of the pandemic was defined by their class, race, housing conditions or employment.
We are determined to do what we can mitigate the effect of structural inequalities that blight far too many residents lives and enact changes that will enable all of our residents to thrive. To do this we must tackle the problems at their root.
We have sought to focus relentlessly on tackling those inequalities, including reducing poverty; taking steps to tackle public health issues that define life chances; and working to provide strong youth service provision. We work with the police to make our streets safer and to tackle violence against women and girls.
We want to create an Ealing for everyone. We will deliver and hold ourselves accountable against a clear quality action plan in line with the findings of the Race Equality Commission, the new-to-launch citizens tribunal and feedback from communities who face continued discrimination.
We will also continue engaging through our listening exercises and initiatives to improve women’s safety, prevent young people entering the criminal justice system and ensure refugees fleeing conflict find a welcome home in Ealing.
Our commitments to you are all about creating an Ealing that we can all be proud of. We want our borough to be a beacon of diversity and tolerance. An Ealing where the vibrancy and diversity of community is matched by our inclusivity. It is our job now to act and make a change.
- Invest £13m in fighting antisocial behaviour, burglary, violent crime, and violence against women, ensuring a greater uniformed presence on our streets, and that community safety remains central to what we do. Keep the pressure on the Government to give the Metropolitan Police need to keep our streets safe and increase police numbers, and work to deliver a permanent police presence in our major town centres.
- Ensure refugees fleeing conflict and the climate crisis find a welcome home in Ealing by becoming a Borough of Sanctuary, and we will campaign to ensure every local authority across the country steps up to take their fair share of refugees.
- Maintain our borough wide prohibition against antisocial behaviour like street drinking, ensuring that we have the powers we need to stop bad behaviour that pulls down our neighbourhoods.
- Deliver on our commitment to tackle race inequality in our borough and launch the independent citizen’s tribunal to hold the Council, Police and other organisations accountable for the promises we make to end it.
- Set out a clear Equality Action Plan to reduce the inequalities faced by people and communities who face continued discrimination, and launch the “Ealing for Everyone” pledge, ensuring that all public spaces, businesses and services are accessible, welcoming and empower people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities to lead independent lives.
- Alongside our neighbouring boroughs, look to establish a dedicated transit site for the Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller community, as well as additional permanent pitches, ensuring the GRT community are able to travel through the borough safely, free from discrimination, with viable alternatives to unauthorised encampments on private land and open spaces.
- Continue to take tough action to prevent violence against women and girls, end female genital mutilation, and extend support through the Women’s Wellness Zone network established in the borough. We will also remain committed to enforcing our public space protection order at Mattock Lane, ensuring women have access to family planning free from intimidation, and we will also invest more than £1m in making public spaces safer and well lit.
- Invest £15m alongside the NHS in drug, alcohol, and substance abuse services, ensuring that anyone who wants to kick life destroying habits has the support they need in the community to get their lives back on track.
- Reduce the number of young people’s lives being ruined through entering the criminal justice system, investing £2m in preventing youth violence, rapidly reduce fixed and permanent school exclusions through a new mentoring network, and establish a dedicated Gangs and Violence Unit within the council, focusing our resources to prevent and disrupt crime that ruins lives.
“Addressing inequality is about tackling harms that threaten our social fabric whilst creating tolerant, fair & peaceful communities. The consequences are impossible to ignore, so we must work together to create a fairer Ealing" Cllr Aysha Raza - Cabinet Member for Tackling Inequality