The West Midlands is a vibrant region with one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the UK, and in Europe. Birmingham is one of the youngest cities in Europe, with under 25-year-olds making up 40 per cent of the population. Yet, the region continues to experience persistent inequalities and this has be starkly highlighted by the impact of the pandemic. Most areas in the West Midlands Combined Authority region have a greater level of socioeconomic deprivation than the national average, with approximately a quarter of children living in low income households. The highest rates of COVID-19 related deaths have come in more deprived areas, and neighbourhoods with a greater proportion of residents from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. In the West Midlands, nearly one in four are either disabled or have a long-term health condition and their experience of inequality and exclusion exacerbated by the pandemic.
In a period of global economic uncertainty, and increased wealth inequality, cuts to social security, low pay, rising personal debt, insecure employment and underemployment the WM Funders Network Conference will focus on how can funders consider equality, equity, diversity and inclusion in their funding strategies and target resources and thinking on how they apply their role and practice in the West Midlands.
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