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Ethnic Groups: Finance

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on the funding by (a) her Department and (b) local authorities of groups or organisations that form, operate or advertise themselves on the basis of ethnicity. (227360)

The Commission on Integration and Cohesion was concerned that groups based on single identities were potentially divisive. However, as both CLG and local Government fund bodies which aim to promote equality of opportunity, we consulted earlier this year on cohesion guidance for funders, looking at how funders could both promote equality of opportunity and cohesion through the conditions they placed on funding. We will be publishing the results of that consultation shortly, along with next steps.