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A service provided by 10 February - 09 March 2021 Edition 126 Find your regular copy inside... The City of London’s independent newspaper with 45,000 READERS LOOK HIM IN LOOK THE EYES HIM IN THE EYES LUNAR NEW YEAR MEAL KITS The We spoke year of to the Leonora Ox is upon Thomson, us, and Interim we cannot Artistic wait Director celebrate a the this by Barbican ordering Centre, all the about best Lunar last year New and what Year she DIY and meal her kits team made have just planned for the for occasion 2021 Pages Page 8 & 109 BARBICAN BEATS THE ODDS 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 wi l 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 Commi tee. They include measures aimed a tackling racism and boosting diversity in the City Corporation’ 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 “Ou report, and the comprehensive the wake of the Black Lives Ma ters and decisive actions contained within protests, wi l continue to meet regularly it, should send out a clear message that to scrutinise progress of its recom- we are determined to ensure the City mendations and ensure a l measures are of London is a place where people of a l implemented. ethnicities and backgrounds feel safe Co-Chair of the taskforce, Andrien and welcome.” Meyers, said: “When the taskforce was The report commits the authority to set up last summer we made a commit- introducing anonymised recruitment at men to act quickly, radica ly and with a l grades, ‘reverse mentoring’ schemes determination to tackle racism in a l its to boost understanding of institutional forms, and I’m rea ly proud of the work barriers that may exist and training for we’ve done to help achieve that aim. key individuals to support BAME staff. COMMITMENT: the taskforce was set up in the wake of the BLM protests. initiatives aimed at boosting diversity, make its business events more diverse and do more to support minorityowned sma l 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 A dedicated senior officer responsible we don’t rest on our laurels. Therefore for diversity wi l be appointed, new the Taskforce wi l continue to closely guidance wi l be issued for commit- monitor a l of the recommendations tees and work wi l be carried out to we’ve put forward to ensure they are encourage a more diverse mix of candi- implemented with the pace and thordates for next year’s City Corporation oughness they deserve.” elections. The commi tee also agreed a recom- Meanwhile, schools wi l be encourmendation to set up a working group aged to do more to recruit staff from to oversee the removal and re-siting diverse backgrounds and to ensure of statues of Wi liam Beckford and Sir under-represented groups get work John Cass – two figures linked to the experience opportunities, while the Transatlantic slave trade – from its City Corporation wi l support business Guildha l HQ. Staying Saving the energised City’s in arts lockdown industry P12 P6 Unusual at-home workouts P12 Going Rethinking the distance Square in Mile’s Dry tenants January P14 P17 NEW City Wellbeing Centre Counselling and psychotherapy for workers and residents in the City of London and neighbouring boroughs 020 7380 1960 CityWellbeingCentre.org NEW City Wellbeing Centre Counselling and psychotherapy for workers and residents in the City of London and neighbouring boroughs 020 7380 1960 CityWellbeingCentre.org lbeingCentre.org February - March 2021 The City of London’s independent newspaper with 45,000 READERS Edition 126 CURRENTLY ONLINE City development gets go ahead P14 A service provided by CURRENTLY ONLINE LOOK HIM IN THE EYES AND TELL HIM AND THE TELL RISK HIM ISN’T THE RISK REAL. ISN’T REAL. AND TELL HIM Tony Tony Covid-19 Covid-19 patient patient THE RISK Tony Covid-19 patient ISN’T REAL.

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