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LUNAR NEW YEAR MEAL KITS The year of the Ox is upon us, and we cannot wait celebrate this by ordering all the best Lunar New Year DIY meal kits made just for the occasion Page 10 NEW City Wellbeing Centre Counselling and psychotherapy for workers and residents in the City of London and neighbouring boroughs 020 7380 1960 A service provided by CURRENTLY ONLINE 10 Feb - 09 Mar 2021 The City of London’s independent newspaper with 45,000 READERS Edition 126 Diversity to be put ‘front and centre’ “When the taskforce was set up we made a commitment to act radically and with determination to tackle racism” A LANDMARK new report on tackling racism will put diversity and inclusivity ‘front and centre’ in the City of London, its authors have said. A series of ‘comprehensive and decisive’ actions recommended by the City of London Corporation’s Tackling Racism Taskforce have been agreed by the governing body’s Policy and Resources Committee. They include measures aimed at tackling racism and boosting diversity in the City Corporation’s staff and elected members, its family of schools, the City of London Police and in the wider Square Mile business community. The taskforce, set up in June in the wake of the Black Lives Matters protests, will continue to meet regularly to scrutinise progress of its recommendations and ensure all measures are implemented. Co-Chair of the taskforce, Andrien Meyers, said: “When the taskforce was set up last summer we made a commitment to act quickly, radically and with determination to tackle racism in all its forms, and I’m really proud of the work we’ve done to help achieve that aim. COMMITMENT: the taskforce was set up in the wake of the BLM protests. “Our report, and the comprehensive and decisive actions contained within it, should send out a clear message that we are determined to ensure the City of London is a place where people of all ethnicities and backgrounds feel safe and welcome.” The report commits the authority to introducing anonymised recruitment at all grades, ‘reverse mentoring’ schemes to boost understanding of institutional barriers that may exist and training for key individuals to support BAME staff. A dedicated senior officer responsible for diversity will be appointed, new guidance will be issued for committees and work will be carried out to encourage a more diverse mix of candidates for next year’s City Corporation elections. Meanwhile, schools will be encouraged to do more to recruit staff from diverse backgrounds and to ensure under-represented groups get work experience opportunities, while the City Corporation will support business initiatives aimed at boosting diversity, make its business events more diverse and do more to support minorityowned small and medium sized firms. The report also contains recommendations for the City of London Police, subject to approval by the City Corporation’s Police Authority Board – the force’s governing body. They include new recruitment and retention targets to boost diversity, and embedding diversity and inclusion as a key strategic objective for the board. Co-Chair of the taskforce, Caroline Addy, said: “A lot has been achieved in a short space of time but it’s vital that we don’t rest on our laurels. Therefore the Taskforce will continue to closely monitor all of the recommendations we’ve put forward to ensure they are implemented with the pace and thoroughness they deserve.” The committee also agreed a recommendation to set up a working group to oversee the removal and re-siting of statues of William Beckford and Sir John Cass – two figures linked to the Transatlantic slave trade – from its Guildhall HQ. Saving the City’s arts industry P6 Unusual at-home workouts P12 Rethinking Square Mile’s tenants P14 NEW City Wellbeing Centre CURRENTLY ONLINE Counselling and psychotherapy for workers and residents in the City of London and neighbouring boroughs 020 7380 1960 A service provided by

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