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Community Cohesion - 18 February 2010

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Community cohesion briefing - the top local government news and events in one place.

NOTE: Click on the headlines for more on the stories.


Boost for community change scheme

Ministers have awarded an extra £20m to struggling white working-class communities. The Connecting Communities scheme - intended to support areas worst affected by the recession - is to be broadened to include an additional 49 neighbourhoods. (LGCplus report)

New guidance on community cohesion

Councils should put community cohesion at the heart of their services, according to new guidance. It shows how cohesion can be embedded into all services such as housing, schools, services for old people and recreation and cultural activities. (LGCplus report)

Councils urged to address ‘white needs’

Communities secretary John Denham has called on councils to ensure they provide for needs of white working class communities as well as those of minority ethnic groups. Mr Denham said agencies responsible for racial integration had been “blind” to the needs of white working-class communities. (LGCplus report)

Civic Health report to offer budget Total Place

Community cohesion is to be measured by the government’s new Civic Health Index. The Smarter Government white paper, published at the end of last year, said the government would produce a regularly updated Civic Health Index from early 2010. (LGCplus report)



Respect heads citizenship survey (LGCplus report)

Secondary schools religion concern (LGCplus report)


Denham expands faith advisers (LGCplus report)

Councils warned over wider extremism (LGCplus report)


Challenges to cohesion conference, University of Manchester, 26 March.

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  • Your article ‘Community Cohesion round-up’ gives a poor impression of housing market renewal pathfinder community cohesion activity.

    Let me help balance out the picture.

    A Department for Communities & Local Government report, based on research carried out in 2005, commended Oldham Rochdale Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder for its pursuit of cohesion as a primary objective.

    Since then this pathfinder has created many more opportunities for people of different backgrounds to live together.

    We are concluding research on the most effective ways to build and measure community cohesion. Our work has included projects that have brought people together through sport, dance, philosophy and conflict resolution.

    The results will be revealed at a conference, sponsored by the Tenant Services Authority, on 25 March in Manchester.

    The most recent Audit Commission report on Oldham Rochdale found that we were ‘performing strongly’ in relation to community cohesion. We don’t have all the answers, but we are far from failing.

    Alastair Graham, director, Oldham Rochdale Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder

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