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CLARITY NEEDED OVER RACE

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Councils need more advice on how they should raise controversial race relations issues in their publicity material,...
Councils need more advice on how they should raise controversial race relations issues in their publicity material, the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) has warned.

The think tank has written to secretary of state for communities and local government Ruth Kelly, calling for councils to receive more guidance on publishing material dealing with extremism.

This is because there are too many grey areas in publicity legislation which puts councils off distributing certain material or airing particular issues surrounding race relations.

LGIU policy officer Hilary Kitchin said: 'At the moment, councils do not feel confident enough when dealing with the impact of the far right on community relations.

'The Local Government Act 2000 changed the culture and expanded the role of local authorities, but more needs to be done to ensure that community leadership is fully realised in practice.'
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