As part of the Strengthening Faith Institutions (SFI) network, we have been engaging with communities across England to identify the biggest issues they have in regards to cohesion and integration. Our work means directly supporting places of worship to build capacity and to better serve their communities. This also means giving communities the platforms to engage with policy makers and major stakeholders. One of the ways we have done this is through hosting community discussions around different topics.
We held a community meeting on the Louise Casey Review for faith institutions. Rabbis, Imams and community leaders in London responded directly to civil servants around this topic of cohesion and integration.
Some of the points raised by the participants during the session were:
The review didn’t examine integration across all communities in the UK. For example, it did not look at the phenomena of White British communities moving away from areas that have become mainly populated by ethnic minorities.
Although the review made some recommendations it wasn’t clear how this would be applied by local councils and the local government.
After reading the report, some community leaders were unsure how this would affect funding in grassroots communities for English classes and opportunities for empowering women.
The event was a great opportunity for various community members to speak on the implications of the Casey Review, and talk openly on the issue of integration in this country.
We look forward to providing more opportunities for communities to connect with policy makers in a more constructive manner, to offer better integration and cohesion.
The Louise Casey Review was a government study into integration and opportunity in the U.K.
For more information about the Review, follow this link.