The Local Government Association welcomes the helpful insight provided by the Dame Louise Casey review into opportunity and integration.
The country is experiencing an evolving context on community cohesion issues. Against a backdrop of tensions highlighted by the referendum on leaving the European Union and threat of extremism and terrorism, local cohesion challenges vary considerably from place to place.
Opportunity and integration, the two main themes of the review, are unequivocally linked to social mobility and aspiration; and in turn, to access to good quality education, jobs and housing.
Local government has a key role to play in all of these services, but their powers to progress them have been eroded by successive governments.
- As the country looks to move forward after our withdrawal from the EU, councils must now be given the tools that can help them improve opportunities cohesion in all local areas.