We have been here before on cohesion and diversity
Blair McPherson says the only thing more detrimental to the causes of cohesion and diversity than doing nothing is doing a little and thinking it’s enough.
Devoting to diversity
Race continues to be a gatekeeper for preventing people from gaining promotion to senior council posts, says Gifty Edila, who provides recommendations for welcoming BAME staff at all levels.
Toppling statues is the easy part
Claire Fox asks: ‘Will black lives today be improved if local government becomes preoccupied by a war against inanimate objects and historical wrongs?’
Anger and tumult have exploded around the world following the death of George Floyd. Ann McGauran reports on the effects of the waves of protest and how councils are working to ease tensions.
Government warned on cohesion threats
Whitehall has been warned that community tensions could erupt further as the concerns of Black Lives Matters protesters are fuelled by emerging coronavirus inequalities.
Call for extra counter-extremism funding
Councils have called for further funding for a network that shares experiences and good practice in tackling extremists.
Community tensions rise amid Coronavirus outbreak
Reports of increasing community tensions ‘across multiple areas’ have been picked up by the Government as the international Coronavirus crisis continues to worsen.
Working together to stop hate in Waltham Forest
Cllr Ahsan Khan outlines why Waltham Forest LBC is holding a Citizens’ Assembly to find practical local ways of stopping hate in all its forms.
Breaking down that segregation (a little)
It has not been the best advertisement for our democracy and most people will be glad it’s all over, writes Dan Corry. So why does he think the General Election process always does some good?
Brum wins battle to ban anti LGBT protests
Birmingham City Council has won a court battle to permanently ban anti-LGBT protests outside a local primary school.
Anti-extremism commissioner warns of far-right surge
Far-right extremists now account for almost half of people referred to a national intervention programme.
Former integration tsar says toxic views have become more normalised
The government has effectively abandoned community cohesion, with Muslim women remaining the UK’s most marginalised group, former integration tsar Dame Louise Casey has said.
EXCLUSIVE: MHCLG to assess Brexit preparations
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) will use the General Election period to assess how it prepared for a slated October Brexit.
Re-imagining Civic Buildings for the Future
Cities throughout the UK are full of stunning examples of how enlightened political leaders have ensure their grand civic buildings have endured, albeit serving a new purpose, says Femi Oresanya.
Only 5% of council leaders optimistic about Brexit
Councils are increasingly downbeat about the impact of Brexit, with nearly three quarters (71%) of chiefs expecting it to have a ‘negative’ or ‘very negative’ impact on their local economy.
Supporting refugee families and creating more resilient communities
Cathryn Morgan of Ceredigion Council outlines how community sponsorship can help refugees create a new life and help councils meet their targets for resettlement. She offers other councils her tips for success.
Solace Summit: Cohesion chief in 'divided country' warning
The UK is a ‘divided country’ culturally, politically and economically, the chief executive of the Cohesion and Integration Network has warned.
Close co-operation to aid our communities
As Solace's annual Summit gets underway in Birmingham this week, president Martin Swales urges local authorities to work with others on building their local economies.
Mending a shattered society
Local government must be the glue that mends the broken bonds of our communities, writes Donna Hall.
Do we all hate each other?
Local government could teach Downing Street and Westminster a thing or two. It has always had to deal with people who disagree on issues and have different world views, writes Dan Corry.