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Community Development

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what individuals and organisations have been invited to discussions and meetings with her Department on community integration and cohesion issues in the last 12 months. (156425)

Communities and Local Government (CLG) is responsible for coordinating and delivering work to build community integration and cohesion in local areas. We do this by meeting with and consulting a wide range of stakeholders both within Whitehall, and the regions.

We also meet routinely with local authorities, LGA and the IDEA, to discuss the important work of building community cohesion and promoting integration.

In order to ensure we deliver real life policy, CLG also meets and consults with a wide range of grass roots individuals and organisation involved in delivering cohesion at the sharp end.

The Commission on Integration and Cohesion, which ran from August 2006 to June 2007, was supported by a small CLG secretariat, which undertook research on their behalf, and co-ordinated an outreach programme that meant they engaged with over 2000 people through round tables, regional visits, and user forums.

A comprehensive list of all individuals and organisations met could only be produced at disproportionate cost, but to inform its approach to developing and promoting integration and community cohesion, CLG has met:

Groundwork UK

HACT

CLG’s Neighbourhood Renewal Advisors

National Community Forum (NCF)

Race Equality Action Group (REAG)

Community Security Trust

Board of Deputies of British Jews

Chief Rabbi’s Office

Jewish Leadership Council

Skillsforce

Institute of Community Cohesion (ICOCO)

Muslim Safety Forum

MCHC Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre

The Participation Works

Representatives of the South Asian Development Partnership.

ACPO National Community Tensions Team

Citizenship Foundation

Serious Organised Crime Agency

LB Barking and Dagenham

Welsh Assembly

Parliamentary Committee Against Anti-Semitism

Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board

Officials in CLG have on occasion also met with representatives from overseas seeking to exchange good practice on integration and cohesion.