Hackney Labour has been fighting on behalf of the borough’s diverse communities, after the stark statistics of the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) became apparent.
While the virus does not discriminate in its infection of people, the impacts of the virus, the impacts of the crisis, and responses from the Government, do.
Local death records show that almost 70% of all deaths registered in City and Hackney were people born outside the UK, and nationally over 30% of almost 7,000 patients critically ill with coronavirus in UK hospitals were non-white ─ nearly triple the 13% proportion in the country’s population as a whole.
Cllr Carole Williams, Hackney Labour equalities lead, wrote to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and called on them to investigate the Government’s response. https://www.hackney-labour.org.uk/hackney-labour-equalities-lead-calls-on-watchdog-to-investigate-government-coronavirus-response/
Hackney’s diverse residents and staff need answers as to whether the government’s actions have helped, and not hindered, the protection of their communities.
Cllr Carole Williams
You can read more about her argument, and the steps Hackney Council is taking, in her LabourList article https://labourlist.org/2020/05/the-ehrc-should-investigate-the-government-over-coronavirus-inequalities/
At the same time, Cllr Williams, Cllr Kennedy ─ Hackney Labour lead for health ─ and Labour Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, wrote to Baroness Lawrence and Marsha Da Cordova MP.
They backed Labour’s review into the disproportionate impact of the crisis on the country’s BAME communities, and called for it to have an intersectional approach.
They also made sure the Council used its own work and data to submit evidence to the Parliamentary Committee on Women and Equalities’ inquiry into the unequal impact of Covid-19 on people with protected characteristics. Once the committee has published all of the evidence submitted, a copy of Hackney’s submission will be found on the Select Committee’s webpage https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/328/women-and-equalities-committee/publications/written-evidence/
The Hackney Labour Mayor and Councillors also supported the #WeNeedAnswers campaign for an Independent Public Inquiry via an open letter to the Prime Minister: https://www.ubele.org/weneedanswers. Cllr Williams, Cllr Coban and Mayor Glanville all signed who were also joined by Jennette Arnold AM and other Labour Party members.
Thanks to this consistent lobbying, this month Mayor Glanville, Cllr Williams and Cllr Kennedy met with Professor Kevin Fenton, London Regional Director of Public Health England to input into the initial stages of the Public Health England review.
Hackney Labour will continue the fight to tackle inequality ─ from health to housing, employment to equal pay ─ and we will press hard for answers as to why there is this disproportionate impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Hackney’s diverse communities.
Cllr Carole Williams and Cllr Chris Myles Kennedy want to make a difference in the fight against Covid-19, and are asking people to please sign up to the Covidenceuk research ‘as this will help us understand the health inequalities behind this disease’. Do you want to make a difference in the fight against coronavirus? Help us identify who is most at risk of contracting COVID-19 and why some people become more ill than others. Find more information and sign up at
21 May 2020