Community cohesion briefing - the top local government news and events in one place.
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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)
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)
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)
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)
COMMUNITY COHESION ROUND-UP
Respect heads citizenship survey (LGCplus report)
- Study: pathfinders fail on community cohesion (Regen report - subscription)
- Mobile populations ‘hinder NDC progress’ (Regen report - subscription)
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.