Councillor Determined to Tackle Inequality in Birmingham

Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality, Cllr Waseem Zaffar publicizes his determination to tackles inequalities in Birmingham.

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Cllr Waseem Zaffar believes that Birmingham is a “fantastic, diverse, tolerant, warm and friendly city” that welcomes people from across the world with open arms.

He wishes to see more equality between communities and addresses the issues of inequality that are still prevalent in Birmingham today.

He says: “When I was given the job of Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality, I talked about my pride in the fact that Birmingham is a fantastic, diverse, tolerant, warm and friendly city that welcomes people from all over the world and helps people celebrate their cultures and beliefs in a way that is second to none.

“But, while I firmly believe we live in a tolerant city, I won’t pretend that inequality doesn’t exist. There is still a lot of work to be done and I will stand shoulder to shoulder with individuals, communities and organisations across the city that want to help create a more equal, tolerant and fairer Birmingham.

“Addressing inequalities in every single neighbourhood is essential in creating a fair and equal Birmingham. We want Birmingham to be a city of equal opportunity regardless of race, religion sex or sexuality. Equally, your life chances should not be dictated by your postcode.”

After visiting Kingstanding last week, where residents felt neglected, Mr Zaffar wants to see change.

He said: “Last week I visited Kingstanding, where I heard residents feel neglected. That has to change. Every resident needs to feel they have a stake in this city and the only way we’ll achieve that is by addressing poverty and closing the gaps of inequality in the city.

“Over the next few months we’ll be developing a 40-ward equality strategy for this city. I will work with partners in communities to ensure that elected members across the city are working to address inequality. I’ll work with ward chairs, district chairs, the soon-to-be appointed assistant leaders and my cabinet colleagues.”

He has proposed many ways in which he can change the state of the community from engaging young people to see their city and neighbourhoods as positive places to live to developing a City of Birmingham Equality Strategy that will focus on the masses.

Cllr Waseem Zaffar concludes:Now I know that words are cheap and I’ll be judged on actions. That’s fine by me. I’m a proud Brummie who wants the very best for this city and I’ll work with individuals, communities and politicians from all parties to tackle inequality.”

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