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Departments: Disadvantaged People

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will give examples of the use her Department has made of the Compact Codes of Good Practice on Community Groups and on Black and Ethnic Minority Organisations in its work on communities, cohesion and integration; and if she will make a statement. (160114)

The Department takes its obligations under the five Compact codes very seriously.

Examples include:

Communities and Local Government has a Public Sector Agreement Target to reduce the perception of discrimination in key public services, and in the labour market, and to increase the perception of community cohesion in key areas of the country. The CSR announcement of 9 October set out our key objectives for the coming three years, including further targets on reducing discrimination, and a key target to increase the representation of BME groups in public life—as magistrates, councillors, school governors etc.;

Following publication of the Quirk Review, “Making Assets Work”, in May 2007, the Government accepted its recommendations and an implementation plan is now being taken forward in partnership with all relevant public bodies;

The recommendations of the December 2004 Home Office framework for community capacity building, “Firm Foundations”, have been taken forward and are reflected in the Local Government White Paper and the Action Plan for Community Empowerment, “Building on Success”.

We have led the development of the “Take Part” scheme for citizenship learning for adults, which will promote active citizenship.