Agenda and minutes

Equality and Diversity Forum
Thursday, 8th October, 2009 7.00 pm

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA

Contact: Linda Fisher 

Items
No. Item

119.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND DECLARATION OF SUBSTITUTES

Estimated time – 2 minutes

 

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Chief Inspector David Gair, Jackie Gourley, Jane Hudson, Edwina McCarthy, Adam French and Frances Newell.  Councillor Margaret Ali apologised that she would not be able to stay for the entire meeting.

 

Introductions were made around the table.

120.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 89 KB

As the minutes of the meeting held on 16July 2009 were misprinted when circulated with the Information Bulletin, they are now attached to this agenda.

 

Estimated time : 5 minutes

 

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 16 July 2009 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

 

121.

NOMINATION OF LINk REPRESENTATIVE

Seren Razak, LINk Steering Group member for Black and Minority Ethnic communities would like to be nominated as a member of the Equality and Diversity Forum.

 

Minutes:

The forum agreed that Seren Razak, LINk Steering Group member for Black and Minority Ethnic communities should be nominated as a member.

 

            Resolved: To note the above

122.

ANY OTHER URGENT BUSINESS

brought forward at the direction of the Chair, who has approved the reason for urgency.

 

The Sutton Town Centre Partnership is a group comprising representatives of local businesses and other partners.  The group works to provide a thriving, vibrant and safe town centre for all.  At its recent meeting, the chair, Michael de Lemos, suggested that the Partnership could better reflect the community and town centre users.  There was a suggestion that the matter be mentioned at the Equality and Diversity Forum, with a view to Forum members being invited to meetings of the Partnership (and/or its sub-groups).  Partnership meetings are held on weekday afternoons, the next one being scheduled for Monday 30 November – 2.00 pm at the Civic Offices.  If any Forum member is interested, then please let officers know – Michael de Lemos will be advised and further information provided.

 

Minutes:

The chair informed the forum that the Sutton Town Centre Partnership was a group comprising representatives of local businesses and other partners and the group worked to provide a thriving, vibrant and safe town centre for all. 

 

The chair of the Sutton Town Centre Partnership suggested that the Partnership could better reflect the community and town centre users.  Partnership meetings are held on weekday afternoons, with the next one being scheduled for Monday 30 November 2009 at 2.00 pm at the Civic Offices.

 

 If any Equality and Diversity Forum member is interested, then please advise Dennis Bartholomew on 020 8770 5141 who will arrange for further information to be provided.

 

            Resolved: To note the above

123.

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Oral presentation by the Project Manager.

 

Estimated time : 5 minutes

 

Minutes:

Linda Fisher stated that the Information Bulletin seemed to be growing larger each edition and thanked everyone for all the items already sent and thanked, in advance, for any items that would be sent.  She explained that the Bulletin could be used to advertise future events or to share information as there was a wide circulation list and would reach a large number of groups/organisations.

 

Linda explained that the despatch date for the next Information Bulletin was 27 November 2009, so asked that any items be forwarded by the 25 November 2009 to her via e-mail on linda.fisher@sutton.gov.uk or post at Democratic Services, Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA.

124.

TRANSFORMING SOCIAL CARE pdf icon PDF 340 KB

Presentation by Andrew Clark, Transforming Social Care Programme Manager.

 

Following extensive discussion on adult social services provision Government, under the heading of Transforming Social Care (TSC), require local councils to “personalise” the way they support people, so as to give greater choice, independence and dignity.  The council and local organisations are looking at how they can give carers and individuals more choice and better support in the future in order to:

 

achieve a social care services that places people in the centre and with maximum choice and control over their own lives”.

 

Andrew Clark will update members of the Forum on progress made and seek their contribution to the development of the TSC agenda.

 

Estimated time : 20 minutes

 

Minutes:

Mr Andrew Clark, Transforming Social Care Programme Manager explained that following extensive discussion on adult social services provision Government, under the heading of Transforming Social care (TSC), will require local councils to “personalise” the way they support people, so as to give greater choice, independence and dignity.  The council and local organisations are looking at how they can give carers and individuals more choice and better support in the future in order to achieve a social care services that places people in the centre and with maximum choice and control over their own lives. 

 

Mr Clark explained what procedures would, and would not, be changing:

 

Not changing:

 

  • Community Care Act
  • Fair access to Care Services Guidance
  • People would still be financially assessed
  • Social Care funding must be spent on meeting social care needs
  • Review process to ensure needs are being met
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults.

 

Changes:

 

  • To assist people to help themselves.
  • Up front allocation of money – personal budget
  • Giving people choice and control by fitting services to people, not people to services
  • Improved signposting, information and advice.

 

Mr Clark advised that there was a free launch event on 10th November 2009 at the Holiday Inn, Sutton from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm or 1.30 pm –

4.30 pm.  Any one wishing to book a free place at either event should e-mail transforminglives@sutton.gov.uk or telephone 020 8770 4521.

 

Resolved: To thank Mr Andrew Clark for his informative and interesting presentation.

 

 

125.

EQUALITIES IN EMPLOYMENT MONITORING 2009 pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Report by Paul Napthine.

 

The Executive Head of Human Resources has circulated the ninth annual employee monitoring report covering existing employees and new recruitment according to ethnicity, gender, disability and age.  Sutton has also continued to assess whether the employment profiles more closely fits the profile of the local labour market by “employment equality targets” and monitoring progress against these.

 

Forum members are requested to:-

 

i.        Notes the progress outlined in this report , the draft Corporate and Group targets and action plans set out in Appendix A; the detailed analyses by Group in Appendix B (BME recruitment), Appendix C (Disability), Appendix D (Agency Staff); and Appendix E (Disciplinary & Capability warnings and dismissals), and

 

ii.      Endorse the focus for 2009/10 as: -

 

·                    Progressing the proportion of younger people in the workforce;

·                    Investigating the reasons both for (a) the very low success rate of

·                    Asian applicants for jobs in the workforce and (b) the

·                    disproportionately high number of warnings and dismissals of Black

·                    employees; and

·                    Concluding the consultation on extending employment monitoring to

·                    cover sexual orientation and religion/belief, both for recruitment and

·                    the workforce.

 

Estimated time : 15 minutes

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Paul Napthine, Deputy Executive Head of Human Resources presented the report on equalities in employment monitoring 2009, the main points being as follows:

 

  • A further increase in the proportion of people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups employed both overall and in senior jobs (the proportion of posts PO4 and above.

 

  • A fractional increase in the proportion of women employed in senior jobs (the proportion of posts PO4 and above, i.e. those earning approximately £36K plus per annum.

 

  • An increase in the proportion of people employed with disabilities, and a (smaller) increase in the proportion in senior jobs.

 

  • There is little change in the proportion of young people (aged 16-24) employed over the past year, and a similar picture if the wider definition of young people (aged 16-34) is included.

 

Paul also reported on the recruitment for 2008/9 and stated that the figures and detailed findings indicated that the council’s focus should be on increasing the proportion of younger people in the workforce, and on investigating the reasons for the very low success rate of Asian applicants for jobs in the workforce, and the disproportionately high number of warnings and dismissals of Black employees.

 

Paul stated that that targets had been agreed for the measures of the employment and training of young people across the council (including apprenticeships, graduate development programmes, work-related learning), and the need to conclude the consultation on extending employment monitoring to sexual orientation and religion/belief, both for recruitment and the workforce.

 

            Resolved: (i) To thank Paul Napthine for his presentation.

 

            (ii) To note the progress outlined in the report and the agreed targets.

 

126.

SUTTON AND MERTON PRIMARY CARE TRUST - HEALTH ACCESS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO NEW RESIDENTS

The Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust (SMPCT) have been awarded a grant for the next two years to provide support to local health professionals whose services are being accessed by new migrants.  Barry Causer the SMPCT’s Health Improvement Programme Manager will provide a verbal update to the Forum on their proposals and will seek member’s advice and comments.

 

Estimated time : 5 minutes

 

Minutes:

Mr Barry Causer, Health Improvement Programme Manager, Sutton and Merton National Health Service (NHS), gave a short presentation on the Migrants Impact Fund, a Government programme initiated on March 2009, whose aims are to support communities in managing local pressures caused by migration.  Barry informed the forum that £70m had been made available for the United Kingdom to be funded by a levy, in addition to the normal visa fee, with London being allocated £5,653,282.

 

Barry informed the forum that Sutton and Merton NHS had been awarded a total of £67,000 for two projects:

 

  • Women’s Language Project - £27,724.000.

 

  • Access to Primary Care in Sutton - £40,000.

 

Barry explained that the NHS would be liaising with neighbouring boroughs about joint issues, develop communications to notify migrant residents when to see a General Practitioner and when to go to the accident and emergency department of their local hospital.  There would also be promotion about the existing language line providing translation services, engagement with community leaders and with migrants in patient involvement and consultations.

 

Barry said that it was hoped that the project would contribute to:

 

  • An increase in the number of migrants appropriately using health services, as measured by the reduction in the number of migrants attending Accident and Emergency Departments by June 2010.

 

  • An increase in the numbers of community leaders engaged as part of patient and public engagement activity.

 

  • A reduction in avoidable conditions and costs to the NHS.

 

Barry said that following the completion of an Equalities Impact Assessment, the Service Specification would be developed and potential providers identified and invited to submit.  The service would then be commissioned and delivery started.

 

If anyone required further information, they should contact Barry Causer, Sutton Locality, telephone number 020 8254 8213 or e-mail: barry.causer@smpct.nhs.uk.

 

            Resolved: (i) That Barry Causer be thanked for his presentation.

 

            (ii) To note the above.

 

 

 

127.

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER GROUP

Sharon Jordan-Passmore of the SLGBT Forum will provide an update on the Forum’s recent and future activities.

 

Estimated time : 5 minutes

 

Minutes:

Sonya Bartlett informed the forum that the next meeting of the Sutton Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Group would be on Wednesday 14 October 2009 at The Robin Hood Public House Function room starting at 7.00 pm when the agenda would consist of an update from Sergeant Martin Nicholson (LGBT Liaison Officer), a discussion on where 2010 would take the group, funding, as well as arrangements for their Christmas Party.

 

The forum stated that it would support the group in circulating publicity about forthcoming events to as wide an audience as possible. Details should be forwarded to Linda Fisher, Democratic Services, London Borough of Sutton, St. Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA or e-mail: linda.fisher@sutton.gov.uk.

 

            Resolved: To note the above.

128.

SUTTON WOMEN'S FORUM

Councillor Ruth Dombey will provide a short update on the work of the Sutton Women’s Forum and the plans for the group’s first Annual General Meeting.

 

Estimated time : 2 minutes

 

Minutes:

Jeannette Locke-Thompson stated that the theme of the last Sutton Women’s Forum meeting on the 9 September 2009 had been Safety for Women, with two outside speakers gave interesting and emotional presentations.

 

The first speaker was from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, the leading authority on personal safety whose aim is to create a safer society. Further information can be obtained by e-mail: info@suzylamplugh.org, or telephone: 020 8392 1839.

 

The other speaker was the mother of Cassandra McDermott, who had been murdered by her abusive and violent partner and explained that The Cassandra Learning Centre (CLC) was founded in memory of her daughter.

 

The aims of the Learning Centre are:

 

  • To raise awareness of domestic abuse in relationships among adolescents and young adults between 13 and 25 years old.

 

  • To inform and educate young people about sexual rights and healthy relationships.

 

  • To empower young people to speak up and to seek help if they are experiencing abuse in their relationships.

 

  • To assist and educate young people in order to stop abusive behaviour.

 

  • To provide updated information to educational services and youth centres through presentations, workshops and literature.

 

CLC can also help survivors of domestic abuse and their families, as well as offering support to help abusive partners.  

 

It was also advised at the meeting that there was to be an informal and interactive Domestic Violence and Risk Assessment Conference called “Getting it Right First Time” on Monday 19 October 2009 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at The Salvation Army, 45 Benhill Avenue, Sutton SM1 4DD.  Anyone interested should contact www.cassandralearningcentre.org.uk, e-mail: inforo@cassandralearningcentre.org.uk, telephone: 0870 446 0028 or fax: 0870 446 0068.

 

Jeanette advised that the first Annual General Meeting would be on Wednesday 28 October from 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm at The Salvation Army Hall, Benhill Avenue, Sutton SM1 4DD.  The theme of the meeting would be ‘Women Surviving the Credit Crunch’ with guest speaker Ann Kinahan, Chief Officer of the Sutton Borough CAB. Jeanette will be reporting on the past year’s achievement and proposed activities for 2010 and the election of the Executive Committee will take place.

 

            Resolved: To note the above.

129.

SUTTON WOMEN'S CENTRE

Following their successful recent bid to government, the Sutton Women’s Centre won a grant to provide English language training to local women who have migrated to and settled in the Borough.  Anna Cummins of the Centre will update the Forum on the work in particular and the role of the Centre in general.

 

Minutes:

Anna Cummings said that the Sutton Women’s Centre was a small voluntary organisation at 3 Palmerston Road, Sutton SM1 4QL supporting and giving advice to women regarding skills and available services, as well as social interaction.

 

Anna said the Centre had been successful in a recent bid to the government to provide English language training to local women who had migrated to and settled in the borough.  The two programmes provided had a free crèche, but were both full, and had a waiting list.

 

Thikra Ali confirmed that the Sutton Racial Equality Council would like to work in partnership with the Centre and requested that information be sent to her to circulate in order to advertise the services provided.

 

Anna said that the Centre had a warm and friendly environment which could be used by other groups/organisations.

 

            Resolved: To note the above.

130.

SUTTON MINORITY ETHNIC FORUM - COUNCILLOR SHADOWING SCHEME

The Sutton Minority Ethnic Forum (SMEF), in conjunction with Councillor Ruth Dombey and others, has run a Councillor Shadowing Scheme designed to provide an overview into the formal aspect of the local democratic process to interested individuals.  Jane Hodson, of SMEF, will provide an update on the 2009 Scheme.

 

Estimated time : 5 minutes

 

Minutes:

Thikra Ali, Sutton Racial Equality Council spoke about the Councillor Shadowing Scheme which was in week 3 of the 4 weeks allocated.  28 people had signed up for the scheme to encourage people to understand the workings of the council and to later participate in council activities, or become governors, trustees or councillors.

 

Various events have been arranged including visits to councillors’ surgeries, as well as a visit to the Houses of Parliament to meet with MPs and to City Hall to witness the Mayor’s Question Time.

 

            Resolved: (i) To note the above.

 

(ii) An update on the scheme would be given at the next forum meeting.

131.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The date of the next meeting will be on Thursday 17 December 2009 at

7.00 pm in Room 3, Civic Offices.

Minutes:

It was noted that the date of the next meeting would be 17 December 2009, Room 1, Civic Offices, Sutton starting at 7.00 pm.