[Report of the Director of Adults and Health. To be introduced by the Cabinet Member for Adults and Health.]
The report will set out the Council’s strategic response to migration and integration building on its current approach.
The Cabinet Member for Adults and Health introduced this report which set out the Council’s strategic response to migration and integration building on its current approach.
The Cabinet Member was pleased to present the Welcome Strategy and paid special thanks to the community voluntary sector organisations who participated in the process. The Council would be working with them to set up a Board and to create an action plan that could then be monitored to measure progress.
The Cabinet Member closed by stating that, despite the uncertainty for migrants entering into the borough, the Council wished to send a message that it, and the borough, welcomed new migrants and wanted to work with them. There already existed the Connected Community Project and the Welcome Strategy was the next step.
The Leader invited Councillors to ask questions on this report. Councillor Palmer placed on record her dissatisfaction with not being able to ask questions in relation to item 9.
In response to questions from Councillor Palmer and das Neves, the following information was provided:
To approve the Welcome Strategy at Appendix 1, which requires stakeholders to co-produce an Action Plan to be approved by Cabinet.
Reasons for decision
Haringey Council is committed to building a borough where strong families, strong networks and strong communities nurture all residents to live well and achieve their potential. In November 2018, Full Council adopted a motion to publicly reaffirm this commitment, in particular to migrant communities and those fleeing conflict abroad.
The Welcome Strategy represents a step towards the fulfilment of the commitment expressed in the motion. It provides a framework and approach for taking developing and taking forward activity across partners to ensure that Haringey can continue to be a borough where migrant communities are able to settle and thrive, and where strong communities get on well together.
Alternative options considered
The Welcome Strategy would not be adopted. This would compromise the capacity of the Council, partners, and the community to take forward action that supports migrant communities in Haringey to settle and thrive in the borough. It would also mean that the Council would not fulfil the commitment of the November 2018 Full Council motion referenced above. It is not mandatory to have a Welcome Strategy. However, not having one would fail to signal the Council’s intent and commitment on this issue.