Cohesion

  • Assessing Prevent

    04 May 2022

    The voices of Prevent’s detractors have become louder. But, for those with experience of the initiative within local government, cutting councils out of the loop will fail to solve the problems. Paul Marinko reports.


  • Honouring the Ukrainian spirit

    15 March 2022

    The events in Ukraine have provided a timely reminder of how important our democracy is and how much we can lose. And, as Dr Jonathan Carr-West explains, councils have a vital role to play both immediately and further beyond back on home territory.


  • Local government’s response to Russia’s war on Ukraine

    08 March 2022

    Local government has a crucial role to play in how we as a nation stand by Ukrainians and resist a hybrid war being waged against us all, says Cormac Smith.


  • ‘We’re fighting a broken system’

    13 December 2021

    Cllr Hannah Clare says the system of using hotels to temporarily house unaccompanied asylum-seeking children urgently needs to change, and that the Government must work faster to address the underlying issues.


  • Let’s not stay silent

    20 October 2021

    Baroness Claire Fox argues that while most of us will never have our lives threatened for our views, Cancel Culture can make cowards of us all.


  • Will steps finally be taken to protect public servants?

    20 October 2021

    As Westminster contemplates the tricky tightrope of balancing safety and democracy, free speech and abuse, the same debates must be held for local government, says Heather Jameson.


  • Tackling obesity

    21 July 2021

    Robert Sullivan shares his thoughts on how the success of England’s national team can be harnessed by councils to inspire people to play more football and lose weight.


  • Khan: Councils on the frontline of tackling extremism

    17 June 2021

    Local authorities are on the ‘frontline’ of the battle against extremism, an adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.


  • Strengthening solidarity for recovery

    08 April 2021

    Strengthening trust and social connection will be vital for the rebuild and recovery programme, says Jo Broadwood. She looks at what can be learned from local areas that have fared better on this throughout the crisis.


  • A question of equality

    08 September 2020

    Councils should ‘be consciously biased against those who refuse to see us as individuals beyond our skin colour’, argues Claire Fox.


  • Tackling inequalities is everyone’s business in Birmingham

    07 September 2020

    Tomorrow’s report to Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet makes it clear that tackling inequalities is everyone’s battle and everyone’s business, says Cllr John Cotton.


  • We have been here before on cohesion and diversity

    16 July 2020

    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

    14 July 2020

    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

    01 July 2020

    Claire Fox asks: ‘Will black lives today be improved if local government becomes preoccupied by a war against inanimate objects and historical wrongs?’


  • Righting Wrongs

    15 June 2020

    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

    09 June 2020

    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

    15 April 2020

    Councils have called for further funding for a network that shares experiences and good practice in tackling extremists.


  • Community tensions rise amid Coronavirus outbreak

    17 February 2020

    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

    12 February 2020

    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)

    12 December 2019

    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?