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STATEMENT FROM BRADFORD COUNCIL RE RACE RELATIONS IN CITY

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Bradford City MDC leader Margaret Eaton said: 'The Race Review - Community Pride Not Prejudice - was based on the f...
Bradford City MDC leader Margaret Eaton said: 'The Race Review - Community Pride Not Prejudice - was based on the findings of the supplementary reports into community relations in Bradford which are now available on Bradford Vision's website*.

'These supplementary reports are the source material on which the review was based. The information they contain has already been incorporated into the review and is not new although it provides a more detailed picture of community relations in Bradford.

'We accepted the findings of the review in full but we recognise that there is no one solution to the problems we are facing across the district. The council has now drawn up a long-term plan of action - supported by all parties - aimed at addressing the concerns raised in the report.

'The report highlighted the need to engage young people from all communities, improve educational standards, revitalise the local economy and create a sense of civic pride among citizens throughout the district. We have already started work on all these areas.

'In September we transferred education support services to a private sector partner who we are working with to ensure that we improve the level of attainment in the district's schools as soon as possible.

'Yesterday we announced that we will be setting up an urban regeneration company to spearhead the economic revival of the district.

'We are now in the process of setting a youth parliament to ensure that young people, from all communities, have a say in local decision-making and we believe that our bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2008 will be a powerful unifying force.

'Bradford is proud of its long history of welcoming people from a variety of backgrounds and from all parts of the world including Ireland, Italy, Eastern Europe, South East Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. We will carry on working with all communities to ensure that we value our differences and celebrate our district.'

* The documents are available on the Bradford Vision's website.

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