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OLDHAM MEMBERS FIGHT BACK OVER DAMAGING CRITICISM IN RIOT REPORT

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Oldham MBC has attacked the review report into the town's race riots last year. ...
Oldham MBC has attacked the review report into the town's race riots last year.

The Ritchie report, published in December, criticised Oldham for failing to address segregation, which it said contributed to the riots (LGC, 14 December).

The council's response rejected the review's controversial recommendation of forced community integration as 'neither appropriate, or achievable'.

Instead the paper, published jointly with the police and local strategic partnership, said many of the towns problems were caused by poverty and social inclusion.

It underlined the need for more investment, concerted partnership working, building on the mood of togetherness and placing more focus on education.

Leader Richard Knowles (Lib Dem) said: 'The past year has not been easy and we have all had to do a great deal of soul searching. But I believe we have learned a lot about ourselves and we are now stronger with a much clearer understanding of the difficulties facing our borough.'

The document will be sent to the government 'not as a bid for funding, but to help make the case for Oldham's future'.

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