Associations can restore cohesion.

    Housing Associations have a vital role to play in bringing
    communities together, the National Housing Federation told
    delegates.

    Launching guidance, the federation said it believed housing
    associations could promote community cohesion by responding to
    resident disputes early and by dispelling myths and stereotypes
    quickly.

    Ted Cantle, chair of the government’s community cohesion review
    team, added that housing associations should reduce choice-based
    lettings if they were to have a positive impact. The author of the
    report on the 2001 ethnic riots in northern England told delegates
    that “unmitigated choices are not necessarily helpful”.

    But Manningham Housing Association chief executive Anil Singh said
    choice was vital if tenants were to make links with
    neighbours.

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