Newport Fairness Commission Principles

Oct 3, 2019


Newport Fairness Commisson has defined its 4 principles for making decisions about fairness.

You can follow their work on their website and Twitter


We should acknowledge differences but also treat people in a consistent way, while aiming to reduce the gap between those with more and less.

  • Are people being treated in a consistent way, while acknowledging their differences?
  • Will the gap between those with more and less be reduced?
  • Have the interests of different groups affected (such as minorities) been taken into account?


We should prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

  • Have the needs of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable across the city been given priority?
  • Have we taken care to consider possible indirect consequences for these people of decisions made with other priorities in mind?


Citizens should be given the opportunity to participate in the shaping of how services are decided upon, designed and delivered.

  • Will the voices of all those affected be heard?
  • Have possible impacts on the well-being of future generations been taken into account?
  • Are all relevant citizens able to participate in and shape the service, as well as receiving it?
  • Has consideration been given to the impact on citizens’ relations with each other, and the spaces they share?


All decisions should be clearly communicated to those affected, in a way which allows for feedback and recognises the obligations between citizens and their Council.

  • Are decisions being made transparently and consistently?
  • Will relevant decisions be communicated to those affected in a clear way, with the opportunity for feedback?
  • Are the obligations of citizens to the Council, and vice versa, clear?