Delegates from across local government and the NHS in Wales met today to help drive change and promote equality and fairness in Wales.
As the second joint annual conference delivered by the health and local government sectors, the event saw local councillors and equalities practitioners from across Wales meet to discuss how proactive public leadership can make a real difference to the lives of people and communities.
Chaired by Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn (Ceredigion), WLGA Spokesperson for Equalities and Active Ageing, the purpose of the event was to consider the nature of diversity in Wales, what it means for public services and what individuals can do to lead positive change.
Councillor Gwynn said:
“The Championing Fairness conference has offered another great opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivated speakers and to experience first hand the inspiring personal journeys and stories of people who are leading from the front and furthering our progress towards a fairer society.
“This hugely informative event has been held against the backdrop of a severe economic climate, swingeing cuts to public spending and the socio-economic impacts expected of the UK Government’s welfare reform programme – all of which will place a huge amount of strain on our local communities and disproportionately affect some of our most vulnerable residents. To continue to drive the equalities agenda against such headwind means we have to explore practical solutions that will make a meaningful difference to the lives of people in Wales.
“Local government and the health service in Wales are both involved in delivering vital front line services that support their local communities. Increasingly, this is becoming a balancing act between public demand and the money that is available to fund the public services required. In these challenging times it is vitally important that we do not lose sight of the fact that our duty as public leaders is to enhance the lives of everyone in our communities. To do so we have to ensure that a sense of justice, fairness and equality of opportunity remains central to all that we do.”