Select committee hearings, listening events, satellite meetings and surveys will be held across the city, as part of the Plymouth Fairness Commission’s Summer of Listening.
The independent body, set up to tackle issues of inequality in the city, is heading out into communities to speak to scores of Plymouthians about the issues they face.
Nine public select committee hearings will be held, each focusing on a different theme to be discussed by a panel of experts on the subject. Members of the public are invited to attend, or submit a question to be put to the experts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The first six hearings will be held as follows:
- Financial Inclusion – Monday 9 September 2013 at Welcome Hall, Fore Street, Devonport PL1 4DN
- Skills and Business – Wednesday 11 September 2013 at Engage Plymouth, St Levan Road, Milehouse PL2 3BG
- Housing – Friday 13 September 2013 at Harewood House, Ridgeway, Plympton PL7 2AS
- Food – Tuesday 17 September 2013, Astor Room, Plymouth Guildhall PL1 2AD
- Isolation and Dementia – Tuesday 1 October 2013, Welcome Hall, Fore Street, Devonport PL1 4DN
- Local Procurement – Wednesday 2 October 2013, Baylis Suite, Tamar Science Park PL6 8BX
Hearings are also planned to discuss discrimination, education and mental health.
Commissioners will also be heading out to more than 30 ‘satellite meetings’, where they’ll meet with specific communities and groups to ensure their views are heard. From older people and religious groups to young carers, military families and people with disabilities, the commissioners aim to listen to as many views as they can in order to build up an accurate picture of fairness in the city.
Meanwhile, researchers from Plymouth University will be carrying out street surveys on behalf of the Fairness Commission in five locations:
- Mutley Plain (Monday 2 Sep),
- Stoke Village (Tuesday 3 Sep),
- Plympton Ridgeway (Tuesday 3 Sep),
- Royal Parade (Wednesday 4 Sep) and
- Crownhill shopping area (Thursday 5 Sep).
An e-survey has also been sent to organisations and academic bodies to find out about any inequalities in Plymouth and collate any data that may support their findings.
Public listening events will also be held across Plymouth, giving members of the public the opportunity to share their views and suggest ways in which the city could be a fairer place. Details of these events will be announced shortly.
Fairness Commission Chair Dame Suzi Leather said:
“Our Summer of Listening is giving us the opportunity to speak to individuals and organisations from across Plymouth to hear first-hand the issues that affect them, while also taking into account the hard data that points to areas of inequality in the city.”
“We are listening, and listening widely. We hope that people from across the city will speak up and share their views with us to ensure we tackle the right issues. We want practical ideas for making Plymouth a fairer city.”
More information on Plymouth Fairness Commission’s Summer of Listening can be found at www.plymouthfairnesscommission.co.uk. Join the fairness debate on Twitter @plymfairness or at www.facebook.com/plymouthfairnesscommission