Statement on the Cantle review report*, from minister for local government and community cohesion Phil Woolas:...
Statement on the Cantle review report*, from minister for local government and community cohesion Phil Woolas:
'I welcome the publication of this report, and the recognition it gives to the work that Oldham Council and its partners have done to build community cohesion. Since 2001 there has been a great effort on all sides, with many new initiatives put in place to bring people together. Crucial to the success of the work in Oldham is the fact that much of the momentum has come directly from local communities themselves. Indeed, it's very encouraging that projects like the PeaceMaker initiative are now recognised nationally as examples of good practice in community relations.
'However, we also know there is no room for complacency. I'm very pleased that my new role, at the new Department of Communities and Local Government, allows me to take on additional responsibilities for community cohesion. It is vital that issues of community well being are addressed in the round. We in central government remain committed to working with communities across the country, and with the public, private and voluntary sectors, and faith communities in local areas, to help deliver further real changes in the future.'
* Cantle review report