Supporting the White Ribbon Campaign and Empowering Cities

White Ribbon Campaign

Having recently been awarded White Ribbon status, the City of Cardiff Council has joined amongst other organisations in Cardiff campaigning against domestic abuse.

The White Ribbon campaign is the world’s largest male led movement to end men’s violence against women which sees supporters wearing white ribbons. The international day takes place annually on the 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) with 16 days of activism and ends on 10 December (Human Rights Day). Every year in the UK more than one million women suffer domestic abuse and more than 360,000 are sexually assaulted.  Although abuse against women is disproportionately higher, anyone can be affected by violence and abuse.

This year, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women also invites you to “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood” as part of the campaign to end gender based violence.

Supporting the White Ribbon Campaign, with Cllr Daniel De'ath

Supporting the White Ribbon Campaign, with Cllr Daniel De’ath

If you would like to organise your own white ribbon event, please contact Nicola Jones on dsvcoordinator@cardiffwomensaid.org.uk. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, help and support is available from the 24hr Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline 0800 80 10 10.

Empowering our Core Cities

I’ve blogged previously about the importance of cities to both the Welsh and UK economy. The economic output of the Cardiff City Region accounts for around half the Welsh economy, and represents an annual contribution of some £26.5 billion to the UK. This clearly underlines the importance of successful city regions.

That’s why Cardiff’s involvement in Core Cities UK is so important, as it allows us to make a powerful case for cities and their wider regions to have the funding and flexibilities they need to get on with creating jobs and using their local knowledge to boost growth.

At a recent Core Cities Cabinet meeting- which includes the leaders and mayors of the 10 major UK cities outside London- I met with William Hague MP, chair of a new Cabinet Committee for Devolved Powers. The Committee was set up after the Scottish referendum to look at devolved powers for England, Wales and Northern Ireland alongside Scotland. As Core Cities UK, we are calling for the devolution of powers and responsibilities to the UK’s cities to be delivered in the same time frame as the transfer of further powers to Scotland. The meeting was also an opportunity to highlight the significant contribution that Cardiff is making through a number of key sectors, including the creative industries and financial and business services sectors to the UK economy.

Core Cities Cabinet with William hague

Core Cities Cabinet with William Hague

Earlier in the day we also met with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who has backed calls for greater powers to cities across the UK. This is important because the 10 UK core cities and London together account for around half the UK economy.

On their own, the ten Core Cities and their regions are responsible for 28% of the English, Welsh and Scottish economies, and they are also home to 19 million people. That said, we underperform compared to international cities. This is largely because only around 5% of the total tax base is retained locally by cities, which is damaging their economic potential. The areas that generate growth need to retain some of the money they generate to invest in creating more local jobs, improving the local environment and investing in key infrastructure for a region.

Core Cities Cabinet with the Mayor of London

Core Cities Cabinet with the Mayor of London

It is also important that cities such as Cardiff and Glasgow in the UK’s devolved nations, have access to decision making in the UK Government on policy issues- such as work Visas- that are not devolved but still impact on the competitiveness of local areas.

Have your Say- The Cardiff Debate

The public consultation period on the Council’s budget proposals for 2015/16 is now open. They are planned to run from the 21st of November for 7 weeks and will close at midday on the 12th January 2015.

The Cabinet is committed to understanding your views and I would encourage you to get involved and have your say. The dates and venues of the community engagement events are listed below.

Where​ ​When​
Llanrumney Hub​ ​Friday 28th November at 4-7pm
Whitchurch Community Centre​ ​Tuesday 2nd December at 4-7pm
Plasnewydd Community Hall​ ​Thursday 4th December at 4-7pm
Old Library, City Centre ​ ​Saturday 6th December at 1-4pm
​Thornhill Community Centre ​Wednesday 10th December 4-7pm
​ Western Leisure Centre ​Thursday 11th December at 4-7pm

Cofion

Phil