communities together, Home Office minister Fiona Mactaggart said
today as she published new community cohesion advice.
Ms Mactaggart launched joint Home Office/ODPM advice for local
authorities, government departments and government offices, regional
development agencies and other agencies on how to build community
cohesion principles into Area Based Initiatives - central government
initiatives that are targeted at specific geographical areas.
It highlights three key principles:
- Good communication - telling people what the scheme's objectives
are and how it will be implemented.
- Regular consultation - talking to local people regularly will lead
to greater local ownership of regeneration schemes.
- Flexibility - flexibility in the definition of geographical
boundaries for a scheme, and looking at how benefits can be
provided to direct and indirect participants, will avoid the
perception of discrimination.
Fiona Mactaggart said: 'When a central government initiative is
concentrated on a specific area, other local people who may not
benefit directly often have the perception that they are being
discriminated against. This was a feature identified by the
Cantle Report following the disturbances of 2001.
'It is the responsibility of national and local officials to
introduce and implement such programmes sensitively and in a way that
does not divide communities.
'Today's guidance is the toolkit to make that happen. It highlights
three key principles for building community cohesion into
regeneration schemes - good communication, regular consultation and
'Using local knowledge and involving local people from different
communities is the best way to ensure that regeneration schemes
create more cohesive communities.'