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Community Relations

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government have taken to tackle community tensions since 1997. (188902)

‘Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society: The Government's strategy to increase race equality and community cohesion’ (published in 2005) and its related two annual progress reports set out some of the steps that the Government have taken since 1997 to tackle community tensions that can undermine community cohesion—for example, in their work with partners to monitor tensions and provide support for local areas experiencing particular challenges. More recently ‘The Government's Response to the Commission on Integration and Cohesion’ (published in February 2008) provides a new clarity on, and commitment to, delivering cohesive and integrated communities. This includes a commitment to the new public service agreement 21 to build cohesive, empowered and active communities; increased investment in community cohesion; and a commitment to establish specialist cohesion teams to provide advice and support to local authorities facing cohesion challenges.