Reviewing Equality Activity

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Tower Hamlets is one of the most vibrant and diverse communities in the United Kingdom and our residents value the rich cultural offer that comes with this mix. However, we know from local data that our residents also face inequalities depending on their backgrounds. Tower Hamlets Council wants the borough to be a place where ‘inequality is reduced and people fairly share the benefits of growth’ and wants to be a model of good practice and continue working together with our community to achieve this.


What are we doing?

In addition to our activities across council services and with our partners to tackle inequalities and improve engagement, including those set out in our Strategic Plan, the Council funds:

1. Community forums and support for community forums relating to some equality groups. These forums help us make sure that the decisions we make about how we provide services and implement policies in relation to people from these groups remove or reduce disadvantages suffered by people form these backgrounds.

2. Events relating to some equality groups, open to people who belong to those group and those who do not. These aim to promote understanding of and improve relations between different communities.

3. Two further contracts relating to i) information on accessibility of local venues and ii) interfaith work in schools.

We are reviewing our offer and the activities we fund to make them more meaningful, better co-ordinated and make sure they are arranged in a way that gets the best outcomes for our residents. We expect to complete the review and have the new model in place in April 2021. We are engaging with our residents and stakeholders to help shape the revised offer.


How are we doing it?

Our consultation and engagement consists of a number of phases. Initially, we have been working with the existing contract holders and other key stakeholders to feed into an outline model. In October we engaged with key stakeholders and engaged with them through focus groups, email and one to one meetings to enable this. From our initial work on the review to date, including considering the responses to this engagement, we have developed an outline proposed model for the future, from 2021 and beyond. More detail on what we are currently funding and proposed outline model is provided on the right as a key document.


The second phase of the consultation and engagement is this survey. This will inform the more detailed model and outline of what will be funded. This survey will close on 17 January 2021.


The final phase of consultation and engagement will be to develop the detailed specifications and final Equalities Impact Assessment. We will utilise the feedback from this survey and other engagement as necessary in order to do this.


We will continue to engage with providers as we move into the delivery phase to enable feedback to shape how the provision goes forward. Our timeline is set out below:


What do we need from you?

Please complete the survey below. If you would prefer to give your views over the phone you can call us Monday to Friday (10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm) before the closing date (not including the period from 25 December to 4 January 2021) on 020 7364 5252.



Tower Hamlets is one of the most vibrant and diverse communities in the United Kingdom and our residents value the rich cultural offer that comes with this mix. However, we know from local data that our residents also face inequalities depending on their backgrounds. Tower Hamlets Council wants the borough to be a place where ‘inequality is reduced and people fairly share the benefits of growth’ and wants to be a model of good practice and continue working together with our community to achieve this.


What are we doing?

In addition to our activities across council services and with our partners to tackle inequalities and improve engagement, including those set out in our Strategic Plan, the Council funds:

1. Community forums and support for community forums relating to some equality groups. These forums help us make sure that the decisions we make about how we provide services and implement policies in relation to people from these groups remove or reduce disadvantages suffered by people form these backgrounds.

2. Events relating to some equality groups, open to people who belong to those group and those who do not. These aim to promote understanding of and improve relations between different communities.

3. Two further contracts relating to i) information on accessibility of local venues and ii) interfaith work in schools.

We are reviewing our offer and the activities we fund to make them more meaningful, better co-ordinated and make sure they are arranged in a way that gets the best outcomes for our residents. We expect to complete the review and have the new model in place in April 2021. We are engaging with our residents and stakeholders to help shape the revised offer.


How are we doing it?

Our consultation and engagement consists of a number of phases. Initially, we have been working with the existing contract holders and other key stakeholders to feed into an outline model. In October we engaged with key stakeholders and engaged with them through focus groups, email and one to one meetings to enable this. From our initial work on the review to date, including considering the responses to this engagement, we have developed an outline proposed model for the future, from 2021 and beyond. More detail on what we are currently funding and proposed outline model is provided on the right as a key document.


The second phase of the consultation and engagement is this survey. This will inform the more detailed model and outline of what will be funded. This survey will close on 17 January 2021.


The final phase of consultation and engagement will be to develop the detailed specifications and final Equalities Impact Assessment. We will utilise the feedback from this survey and other engagement as necessary in order to do this.


We will continue to engage with providers as we move into the delivery phase to enable feedback to shape how the provision goes forward. Our timeline is set out below:


What do we need from you?

Please complete the survey below. If you would prefer to give your views over the phone you can call us Monday to Friday (10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm) before the closing date (not including the period from 25 December to 4 January 2021) on 020 7364 5252.



  • Within the broad model outlined, we are inviting feedback to help us shape our detailed proposals. Please take 5-10 minutes to answer the following questions.

    Within the broad model outlined, we are inviting feedback to help us shape our detailed proposals. Please take 5-10 minutes to answer the following questions.

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