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Rushmoor Borough Council announces review into "organisational attitudes" in response to Black Lives Matter

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Rushmoor Borough Council announces review into "organisational attitudes" in response to Black Lives Matter

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:20pm 29th June 2020.

Rushmoor Borough Council has announced a review into its policies and organisational attitudes in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

At a meeting on Thursday (25 June) members agreed to a motion put forward by the Leader of the Council, Councillor David Clifford and seconded by opposition Leader, Councillor Keith Dibble.

The motion received unanimous backing from all councillors and recorded the council’s “deep sadness and revulsion” at the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, USA.

It went to on to say:

“Whilst we recognise that every life matters we echo the cries for justice and the assertion that ‘Black Lives Matter’ given the unique historic and contemporary challenges faced by black communities.

 “We stand together unreservedly with black members of our communities to work hard for current and future generations, in particular those citizens within our borough, to eradicate racism in all its forms and to proactively educate our citizens so that our towns are inclusive and anti-racist, not just in name and policies but in action.”

The process would begin with an all-party review led by the Council’s Policy and Project Advisory Board, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic members of the Rushmoor community, of processes, policies and organisational attitudes regarding racism.

Councillor Clifford said:

“We owe it to all members of the BAME community in Rushmoor, who contribute so much, to make sure they feel like they are full and valued members of our community and enjoy the rights and privilege that go with that.

"For us, the start of this is looking at our policies and processes.

"Our BAME communities will be a vital part of that process as we make sure we are an organisation fit to serve all. This is just the beginning of the process.”

Councillor Dibble said:

“This cross-party motion must be more than token words and gesturing.

"We have a duty to scrutinise why BAME communities in our borough disproportionately suffer from poor health, housing and employment. It’s time for action.”