Questions were raised by councillors at the meeting regarding the viability of the census data, with the current percentage of economic active members of the BAME community being recognised as far higher than the 2011 level, meaning the gap the Council must close is much larger. In other areas of diversity, thenumber of women employed in the Council workforce now stands at 59%, though they continue to be underrepresented at a higher management level; the number of BAMEemployees in senior positions alsoremains extremely small. In a Council meeting on November 13, the report’s recommendations on improving ethnic diversity and representation in the Council’s workforce were discussed. Nonetheless, this 13% proportion is still short of the percentage of economically active BAME persons in the City, with the 2011 census putting that figure at 18%. Nigel Chapman, cabinet memberfor safer communities and customer focused services, told the Oxford Mail: “These issues don’t get solve [sic] in a year or even ten years. The number of job applications from BAME communities has gone up.” “We have 91 staff members from BAME communities from the city; surely there must be 91 who could be trained over time to become leaders. We must make sure they are given every opportunity to do that.” As a result of the recommendations of the Report, the Council has updated its Equalities Action Plan for 2018-21 in an attempt to improve workforce equality in the areas high-lighted in the report. He added: “We have to watch we don’t lose very talented staff from these communities.” Oxford City Council has published its annual Workforce Equality Report, suggesting that, while there is stillprogress to be made in regards toworkplace diversity in the Council, there have been significant improve-ments in the last year. Councillors noted that the propor-tion of Council employees from the BAME community had increasedfrom 1% to 13% over the last year,with the number of applications from the BAME community rising, along with the number of new starters.
TOTTENHAM could snub a move for Willian as payback after the Brazilian chose Chelsea over Spurs in 2013.The forward’s time as a Blue is coming to an end with his contract expiring in the summer and the club are refusing to meet the player’s wish for a three-year extension.1 Spurs could snub a move for Willian as payback after the Brazilian chose Chelsea over them in 2013Credit: Rex FeaturesTottenham and Arsenal are among the Premier League sides interested in signing the 31-year-old winger on a free transfer.But former Manchester City full-back Danny Mills does not believe Spurs owner Levy will have forgotten Willian’s infamous 2013 transfer saga where he all but signed for Tottenham before making a last minute switch to Chelsea.Mills believes the incident seven years ago could cost the Brazilian a reunion with ex-boss Jose Mourinho.He told Football Insider: “He would be a great addition but I think it is very unlikely.“Of course, he has turned them down before. I am not sure Daniel Levy will have that in any way shape or form.”With Chelsea manager Frank Lampard unable to make summer signings due to a transfer embargo at the start of the season, former team-mate Willian has became a regular starter, since scoring seven goals in 37 games.But despite several European suitors interested in the potential free signing, Mills reckons the playmaker may have to accept a role on the bench wherever he ends up next season.He said: “Willian is a brilliant player. He is not injured often and has a huge amount of quality.Chelsea news Live Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipLIAN HEARTWillian wanted by PSG on a free with Arsenal in hunt ahead of deal running outGossipJOR BLIMEY!Jorginho’s agent says Chelsea ace is being chased by two top European clubsGossipTAG ALONGChelsea offered Tagliafico in £23m alternative to Chilwell with Arsenal also keenExclusiveKEP IN THE DARKAxed Chelsea keeper Kepa fears being priced out of transfer exitGossipGRAB A CORONAChelsea plan move for Porto star Corona as back-up plan for SanchoLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Follow all the latest transfer updates from Stamford Bridge”I think he would be a great addition, even as a squad player.”At some point in your career, you have to accept you will not play every week.“There will be plenty of teams in the Premier League and around Europe that would definitely take him.”Willian produces epic goal in Chelsea training