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RIOT REPORT DEMANDS ACTION

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Oldham's business and voluntary sectors need to take more responsibility for ensuring the town has cohesive communi...
Oldham's business and voluntary sectors need to take more responsibility for ensuring the town has cohesive communities, a report is expected to say.

Oldham MBC is due to publish its final report today into the progress the community has made since the race disturbances of July 2001.

Compiled by a six-strong review team, including associate director at the Improvement & Development Agency Ted Cantle, it is expected to argue that local bodies still rely too much on the council chief executive and leader to provide leadership in preventing racial tensions, to the detriment of the wider community.

The voluntary and business sectors do not feel empowered to take responsibility themselves. As a result, the report will call for all of Oldham's various sectors as well as local communities to take greater responsibility for easing tensions and breaking down barriers.

The previous Cantle report on the riots from December 2001 expressed the importance for a consistent message from the principal political and community leaders.

'It is easy to focus on systems, processes and institutions and to forget community cohesion depends on people and their values,' it stated.

LGC understands the report will also call for greater effort to be put into tackling perceived community inequalities.

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