By 2020, Nottingham will be:
A fairer city where everyone has the same
opportunities, no matter who they are or
where they live. We will narrow the ‘equality
gaps’ for our six priority groups –
age, disability, gender, race, religion and
belief and sexual orientation – and for our
most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
We will monitor the ‘equality gaps’ for all six
priority groups in relation to the headline
indicators, where data allows, and will
seek to improve our collation and
reporting of equalities data as a priority.
Nottingham is a diverse city. Nearly one in
four people are from black and minority ethnic
backgrounds, with this much higher amongst
young people. Immigration in recent years has
also drawn in new communities. Beliefs vary,
with a range of views and religions represented.
Some of our people are also more vulnerable than
most. Nearly 9,000 people have a severe physical
disability, over 5,000 adults have a learning
disability and over 30,000 have a mental health
problem of some kind. More than one quarter
of Nottingham city school pupils have a special
educational need. A relatively high proportion
of the city’s older people are on low incomes.
The life experiences of these diverse groups can
vary enormously across the city. There are many
reasons for this, but it shows itself particularly
in varying educational attainment, differing outcomes in the job market, varying chances
of being victims (or perpetrators) of crime and
different experiences of public services.
Social and economic outcomes also vary
significantly across the city and between
neighbourhoods. Employment levels,
health and educational attainment all vary
too much, with some neighbourhoods
experiencing serious multiple disadvantage.
We are committed to ensuring that everyone,
no matter who they are, where they live,
or what their background is should have a
fair opportunity to live a safe and fulfi lled
life in Nottingham. We will promote equality
of opportunity and challenge discrimination
wherever we fi nd it. Within this, we recognise
six priorities for monitoring, review and action:
We will also monitor, review and report inequalities
between neighbourhoods in Nottingham, as we
seek to ‘narrow the gap’ in all senses within the city.