Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Blackpool Fairness Commission?

The Commission will be made up of people representing a range of organisations working in Blackpool, and will look at ways of making Blackpool fairer for everyone.

Who can be part of the Commission?

Anyone who lives or works in Blackpool can be a part of the commission. There are two main types of role within the commission:

Executive Board – made up of Public, Private, Voluntary and Faith Sector representatives. The board sets the priorities for the Fairness Commission, based on community views and expert evidence.

Members – Anyone who is interested in the work of the Commission can get involved by keeping update with the projects currently being undertaken via the website and submitting any ideas or suggestions for further work. Get in touch by emailing fairness@blackpool.gov.uk

Who set up the Commission?

Blackpool Council has established the commission, with the intention of involving as many local people, groups and organisations as possible. We believe that the more people and groups which are involved, the better the recommendations and decisions will be.

Why was the Fairness Commission set up?

A fairer town makes life better for everyone. Blackpool is the most deprived borough in the UK (based on average levels of deprivation), and some parts of Blackpool are more deprived than others. So, the Commission will consider ways of making the town fairer by listening to the experiences of the residents and addressing health, education and social inequalities.

What does the Commission do?

The Commission:

  • Listens to the views of the residents and organisations on what is fair and unfair;
  • Looks at evidence on the main things which are unequal
  • Agrees actions for those participating to do things to make Blackpool more fair.

Are its meetings open to the public?

The Commission holds public meetings, as part of its approach to involving as many people in the process as possible.

How will this be any different from what the Council and its partners are doing anyway?

It’s a new way of working for the Council, where we’re trying to influence groups, individuals and organisations to take joint action to address fairness for themselves. The Commission makes sure that actions to address the inequalities between groups of people and different areas are considered before everything else. This means that our work will fit with everyone’s individual needs better, and contribute to a more equal society.

How does the Commission know what to do to make things more equal?

The Commission bases its work on evidence from communities and experts.

Can residents give evidence to the Blackpool Fairness Commission?

Yes – this is at the heart of the Fairness Commission process and is essential if it is to make a real difference.

The Commission will need to make sure that ‘hidden voices’ are listened to – not just those who shout the loudest – so we can improve the lives of everyone in Blackpool.

Residents can email fairness@blackpool.gov.uk with any issues, ideas or concerns they wish the Commission to consider.

What kind of things has the Commission done?

To date the Fairness Commission has been involved in a number of projects such as:

  • The creation of Blackpool’s Dementia Action Alliance, which can arrange training for groups wanting to understand more about dementia
  • The Young People’s and Older People’s summits which offer an open invitation for residents to come along and talk to senior members of Public Services in the town, such as the Police, Ambulance Service and the Council
  • The Easter Buddies project which involved holding coffee mornings that encouraged people to meet up and make new friends
  • The establishment of a steering group to progress Blackpool’s application to become a Fairtrade town

By involving local people and organisations and seeking their views, the Blackpool Fairness Commission hopes to get suggestions which are directly relevant to Blackpool.

How can I find out more?

There lots of useful information on our website, but if there’s anything you can’t find you can send your views or request more information by emailing fairness@blackpool.gov.uk