In its simplest form, Social Justice is the equal distribution of resources and opportunities, in which outside factors that categorize people are irrelevant. It is about building a society that is based on the principle of fairness for all, that understands and values human rights, and that recognises the dignity of every person.
Some individuals and groups face disadvantage and do not enjoy the same opportunities as others. Council recognises that the community of Liverpool is a very diverse group and that there are several groups within our community who may be categorised as disadvantaged and/or at considerable risk due to different circumstances. These circumstances may have led to issues around social isolation, financial difficulties, access and representation. Council acknowledges and seeks to support adequate delivery of programs, services, information and opportunities to these groups. A full list of these groups can be found in Appendix 2 of the Social Justice Policy.
Consideration of social justice principles by councils are set out in Section 8A of the Local Government Act 1993. Local Government has a key role to play in reducing this disadvantage and in creating a socially just, inclusive and sustainable community. Liverpool City Council has a long and rich history of actively working with the community towards this goal. Some of this work has been done directly with the community and some through advocacy and lobbying other levels of government.
The purpose of the Social Justice Policy is to provide a foundation and guiding principles for Council’s commitment and actions to protect human rights and promote key social justice values of freedom, respect, equity and dignity for all people in the City of Liverpool. The Social Justice Policy acts as a starting point in Council’s effort to redress the impact of social and economic inequalities have on both the people experiencing it and on the wider community.
Manager, Community Development and Planning.