What is The Barnet Fairness Commission and why has it been set up?
The Commission is a group of Barnet residents, local community representatives and councillors that will look at tackling inequality and consider how best to achieve a fairer, more inclusive and more prosperous Barnet.

The Commission defines a fairer, more inclusive and more prosperous Barnet as a borough where:

  • everyone can achieve their potential, and no-one is held back or excluded from wider society;
  • we celebrate our diversity, accept differences, and stand together; and
  • everyone can fully participate in the economic, community, civic and democratic life of the Borough.  

Who set up the Commission?
The Commission is an initiative originally suggested by the Barnet Labour Group of Councillors. It has been set up on a cross-party basis and is non-partisan. It also includes representatives from local voluntary sector, community and faith groups as well as Middlesex University.

Who is on the Commission?
The Commission is Chaired by Lord Kennedy of Southwark, Shadow Spokesperson for Housing, Communities & Local Government in the House of Lords.  The other Commissioners all either live or work in Barnet. They are:

Abdirazak Alhadi, Barnet Citizens / Somali Bravanese Welfare Association

Rabbi Rebecca Birk, Finchley Progressive Synagogue

Cllr Ross Houston, Deputy Leader of the Barnet Labour Group

Anna Kyprianou, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Middlesex University

Richard Logue, resident and Lib Dem local election candidate in 2018

Julie Pal, Chief Executive of Community Barnet

Cllr Reema Patel, Barnet Labour Group Lead on Adults & Social Care

Imam Hamid Qureshi, Islamic Association of North London

Kate Salinger, resident and former Barnet Conservative councillor

Christina Spybey, Christians Against Poverty

Olivia Vincenti, Barnet Women’s Equality Party

For the Commissioners’ short biographies visit the ‘Our Commisioners’ page.

What will the Commission do?
It will meet at least six times to hear evidence about and examine inequality in Barnet, producing an interim report in early 2020 and a final report in summer 2020.

It will focus on four main areas:

  1. Mapping inequality and community resources
  2. Building community infrastructure and a thriving social enterprise sector
  3. Strengthening community cohesion and tackling hate crime
  4. Addressing gender inequality and ending domestic violence and abuse

How will it do it?
The meetings will consider different issues about inequality in Barnet. The Commission will take evidence both from the community and experts (at meetings and by written submissions) before publishing its final report.

When will it meet?
The Commission’s meetings will be from 7pm-10pm in venues across the Borough. For more information visit our events page.

Are its meetings open to the public?
All meetings are open to the public. Just come along on the night, and if you want to you can let us know you’re coming by signing up on our events page. Let us know about any accessibility requirements.

Can residents give evidence to The Barnet Fairness Commission?
If you’d like to give written evidence, please email office@barnetfairnesscommission.co.uk. Submissions may be published but let us know if you would prefer your response to remain anonymous.

What will happen with its findings – how will this make any difference?

The Commission will:

  • Raise awareness of the issues and communicate information
  • Identify gaps and practical solutions that can be implemented by communities themselves, as well as by the Council.
  • Focus on outcomes
  • Increase participation

The final report recommendations will also be used to try and influence local, regional and national policy.

Are the commissioners being paid?
The commissioners aren’t being paid – they are giving their time on a voluntary basis.

How can I find out more?
Have a look at other pages on this website, come along to one of the Commission’s meetings or email us at office@barnetfairnesscommission.co.uk.