TACKLING inequality and promoting a fairer society are top of the agenda at a conference to promote setting up a Fairness Commission on Ynys Môn.

An Ynys Môn Commission would be a first for North Wales, following the lead of similar groups established in other areas across Wales, Scotland and England.

Its aim is to focus on mapping inequality and community resources; building community infrastructures; strengthening community cohesion; and addressing gender inequality.

The conference organised by social enterprise, Menter Môn in Llangefni, on October 21.

Rhun Ap Iorwerth AM and Albert Owen MP, and speakers from the Carnegie Trust, and Fairness Commissions for Newport and the Shetland Island will attend.

The event is funded by the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, through the Welsh Government and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Isle of Anglesey Charitable Trust.

In areas where a Commission has already been set up evidence is taken from independent experts, the local authority as well as residents before producing a report with recommendations.

The hope is that Commission findings will influence local as well as national policy, and provide ideas to be taken up locally.

Championing the cause for a Fairness Commission to be established on Ynys Môn are Gerald Hewitson, former Deputy Head of Holyhead High School and Councillor Dylan Rees, former Chair of the County Council.

Cllr Dylan Rees, said: “I’m looking forward to this conference to explore how we can achieve greater cohesion and create a community we all have a stake in.

If we are to build healthy, sustainable communities then we need to tackle some of the inequalities that exist here on Ynys Môn. Hopefully this conference will provide a springboard to do just that.”

Gerald Hewitson added: “It is often difficult to deal with the issues that lead to inequality, poverty and social exclusion – a local Fairness Commission will help us understand and look at ways our communities can come together for the benefit of all its citizens.

"The conference is a vital first step in raising awareness and developing key insights, so that the people of Anglesey can move forward towards a better quality of life for everyone.”

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