We want to make Norfolk a safe and welcoming place for everyone. We cannot hide from the fact that hate crime has increased in Norfolk and it is our collective responsibility to tackle this. People must be free to be who they are and live free from harm or threat in our county.
Labour is the party of equality, committed to achieving a world free from all forms of bigotry and discrimination. We are proud of the way our county has been shaped by the contributions, cultures and values from people around the world.
Over the last 10 years, through a catalogue of punitive welfare policies, the dignity of people with disabilities has been degraded by the Conservatives. Not one, but two UN reports describe the government having committed ‘systematic violations’ of the rights of disabled people. Norfolk County Council was found to have breached the rights of severely disabled people.
Labour has a proud history of standing shoulder to shoulder with LGBTQ+ people. We abolished Section 28, equalised the age of consent, created civil partnerships, and only with Labour votes could equal marriage become law. We must eliminate discrimination to ensure that LGBTQ+ people can live in safety and dignity.
Play an active role in eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation in all its forms
Involve and enable our diverse communities to play an active role in civic society and put the citizens’ voice at the heart of decision making
Promote the Stop Hate campaign and actively participate in action to tackle hate crime
Work towards Norfolk gaining County of Sanctuary Status
Work closely with organisations and charities already making Norfolk a more equal and fairer county
Year on year increase the diversity of our workforce so that we more closely reflect the communities that we serve, and enable a skilled and diverse workforce to build a culture of equality and inclusion in everything we do
Champion the social model of disability throughout the council
Introduce BSL interpreting of council meetings and easy read versions of council meeting reports