Review aims to foster community cohesion

    Former Nottingham Council chief executive Ted Cantle has been
    appointed head of the Home Office’s community cohesion review team,
    which has been set up to consider the issues surrounding recent
    disturbances in Oldham, Bradford and Burnley.

    The team’s remit is to obtain the views of young people, local
    authorities, voluntary and faith organisations in a number of
    representative, multi-ethnic communities.

    It aims to find out which issues need to be addressed in order
    to develop confident, active communities and social cohesion.

    Cantle will chair the 10-member team which includes Labour peer
    Baroness Uddin, an adviser and management consultant to local
    authorities and social services departments on regeneration, and
    Harris Beider, who is executive director of the Federation of Black
    Housing Organisations.

    The team’s findings will feed into the work of the ministerial
    group on public order and community cohesion, set up by home
    secretary David Blunkett in July to look at ways of minimising the
    risk of further disorder or disturbance.

    The group is chaired by John Denham, minister for crime
    reduction, policing and community safety.

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