• Stronger Things: 'Go deeper to deal with the age of division'

    04 June 2024

    Using community power to tackle highly polarised local problems requires ‘going deeper and deeper until some of the falsehoods clear out’, New Local’s Stronger Things has heard.

  • Building participation that promotes community cohesion

    29 May 2024

    Carly Walker-Dawson looks at the actions UK local and regional governments can take to promote community cohesion alongside partners at place level.

  • Pedalling a way to success

    01 May 2024

    Essex Pedal Power provides bikes for free to those living in the most deprived areas of the county, and may lead to the creation of a national scheme. Julian Sanchez explains.

  • The quest for community harmony

    08 April 2024

    A Government-commissioned review has spelt out the difficulties councils face when trying to protect social cohesion. Martin Ford reports.

  • Hackney through an anti-racist lens

    26 March 2024

    Dawn Carter-McDonald says Hackney LBC’s commitment to being an actively anti-racist council is at the centre of its goals and values.

  • Councils 'struggling' to tackle cohesion threats

    25 March 2024

    Councils are struggling to tackle threats to social cohesion due to a lack of support from central government, according to a major review.

  • Supporting communities together

    25 March 2024

    Genuine collaboration between housing associations and councils can help them meet their combined ambitions for communities and neighbourhoods, says Felicity Hunt.

  • Counter-extremism faces ‘unprecedented challenges’

    14 March 2024

    The battle against radicalisation at the local level faces ‘unprecedented challenges’ due to a lack of funding, local authority leaders have warned.

  • Beware the rise of conspiracy theories in our local politics

    08 November 2023

    Conspiracy theories thrive in the absence of transparency and effective communication, says Jessica Studdert. 'Part of the answer must lie in more, not fewer opportunities for public participation in decisions and building buy-in over trade-offs.'

  • New assurance regime needs to be ‘far more useful’

    18 October 2023

    According to the results of the Solace survey, no one thinks Oflog does the job and most think it should be scrapped, says Heather Jameson. 'When it comes to what would work, there is a clear answer. Make audit better', she adds.

  • Councils try to tackle rising community tensions

    17 October 2023

    Councils have taken a key role as they seek to tackle rising community tensions stoked by events in Israel and Gaza.

  • Winning plan to leverage AI’s power

    27 September 2023

    Lewis Sheldrake’s AI Labs project offering a framework to bring the power of artificial intelligence into all aspects of council service delivery won him the Local Government Challenge 2023. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Using the past to shape our future

    11 September 2023

    The UK’s youngest city has provided many important historical examples of civic leadership and pioneering spirit, and as Kersten England explains, continuing this legacy and maintaining a modern shared vision is a responsibility Bradford welcomes.

  • The power of promotion

    05 July 2023

    Martin Ford looks at the opportunities for local economies and the potential positive impact on social cohesion and civic pride when football teams are promoted up the league.

  • Neighbourhood services key to community cohesion

    22 May 2023

    The next Government has been urged to fund councils to carry out basic neighbourhood services to boost community cohesion.

  • Muslim women should have the freedom to choose

    31 March 2023

    In France, Muslim women are still prohibited from wearing the hijab in many places. Cllr Saima Ashraf explains why she was motivated to take part in a documentary about the ban.

  • Councils warning over Prevent reforms

    28 March 2023

    Councils have raised serious concerns about the Government’s proposed Prevent counter-extremism strategy reforms, warning Muslim communities could disengage and local authorities risk fresh costs.

  • Braverman lobbied over asylum placement warning

    28 February 2023

    Sector figures have held talks with the home secretary over Whitehall’s asylum policy weeks after ministers ordered contractors to improve how they communicate with councils.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Warsi rails against Government's Prevent overhaul

    14 February 2023

    Ex-communities minister Baroness Warsi has attacked the Government’s proposed reform of Prevent, warning Whitehall risks creating a ‘hierarchy of extremism’ and an ‘unnecessary culture war’.

  • Braverman to overhaul Prevent

    08 February 2023

    Home secretary Suella Braverman has accepted all 34 recommendations to overhaul Prevent after a review of the Government’s anti-terror programme.