Thursday, September 15, 2016

What's next? Will the Director of the Government Equalities Office tell us that she doesn't know if our local Labour MP can refer Declan's complaint of discrimination against Newham Council to the Equality and Human Rights Commission?

Declan cannot even befriend an older or isolated resident in the London Borough of Newham. This "befriending blockade" is being maintained by senior management in Newham Council right under the nose of Kim Bromley-Derry, the Council's CEO. Declan is trying to get his complaint of discrimination against the Council to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, but not even the Equality Advisory Support Service will confirm whether or not our local Labour MP, Lyn Brown, can refer a complaint of discrimination to the Commission. Quoting from Declan's email yesterday to Director of the Government Equalities Office Hilary Spencer further below:

On 2 September 2016, in reply to my appeal request, Newham Council's Pauline Jones, Interim Head of Complaints and Member Enquiries, was satisfied that my stage one complaint was "assessed correctly" by Bernie Lynch, Complaints and Member Enquiries Manager, who determined that I may not be informed of Active Newham's next befriending training session, or asked for personal information to facilitate a befriending match up, because the session will be "bespoke to the person who needs befriending".

This irrational and illogical determination from senior management in Newham Council not only denies me the opportunity to befriend an older or isolated resident in my community, but seriously affects my educational and vocational prospects. It is at variance with the rational information provided in an Active Newham newsletter: "After attending the Newham’s Volunteers befriending Induction and training, Sajid was introduced to an older person - Mr Porter, based on the information he provided at the session." And it is discriminatory in its application and impact.

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