Church leader takes up new Fairness role

New role: The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong

New role: The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong

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The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong, Dean of the Blackburn Cathedral, has been announced as the independent chair of a new Lancashire Fairness Commission.

County Councillor Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “Both as a council and a community we are living in a period of great change which will have a radical effect on what services we provide for the people of Lancashire and how we deliver them.

“The consequence of unprecedented cuts in government funding is that we have to radically change the structure of the council and we are determined that that process will be shaped by the guiding principle of fairness for all.”

County Councillor Azhar Ali, chairman of Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “The Commission will have two main tasks. Firstly, it will seek to understand the practical effect of austerity on people’s lives.

“Secondly, it will engage with the local community and work towards producing recommendations for the county council and other partner organisations, on how best we can deliver services that help create a fairer Lancashire in terms of prosperity, health and wellbeing.”

The Very Rev. Christopher Armstrong said: “It is a surprise and something of an honour to be asked to chair the Commission. I have long been concerned about how the cuts are affecting different communities across the country and we need to look at how we can minimise their impact on the most vulnerable people in Lancashire.”