EXPERTS, academics and politicians have joined forces to form a new commission to find out how to tackle inequality – estimated to affect up to 50,000 Sheffield residents.
Official statistics reveal some parts of the city have become more deprived in the last three years, the gap between the wealthiest and poorest has increased, women have lower employment rates than men and white people feel safer than blacks.
Sheffield Council leader Coun Julie Dore said: “We are determined to tackle inequalities in Sheffield.
“We felt the best way to investigate this would be through an independent commission that can listen to people across the city and produce recommendations for making future improvements.”
The Fairness Commission will take evidence from individuals and organisations in a p ublic forum and oral evidence from organisations in meetings across the city in the coming months.
It will produce a report in September 2012 with recommendations on how the city can best tackle poverty and inequalities.
The council will consider how it can put the recommendations into action.
Chairman Professor Alan Walker, from the University of Sheffield, said: “I believe the potential of our great city is being held back by its deep social divisions.
“The persistent differences in life expectancy across the city are not just a tragedy for individual Sheffield residents and their families, it diminishes the whole city and all of us who live in it.”