Commission on Integration and Cohesion
The Commission on Integration and Cohesion is a fixed term advisory body,
announced by former Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly, on 24 August
2006. The Commission considered how local areas can make the most of
diversity while being able to respond to the tensions it may cause.
Following an extensive consultation process, regional outreach visits,
engagement of key stakeholders and local communities and research,
the Commission's work has come to an end, and its final report, Our
Shared Future, was published on 14 June 2007.
Accompanying Our Shared Future is a compendium of case studies
demonstrating good practice at the local level, reflecting the
Commission's focus on the local throughout its work. We hope that these
will be useful for people across the country looking for ideas on how to
take our recommendations forward.
Furthermore, a set of research
thinkpieces which informed the Commission's views are also
available. These thinkpieces are independent - the findings and
recommendations are those of the authors and are not representative of the
Commission, Ministers or officals from the Department of Communities and
Local Government - and highlight a broad range of academic views on
the subject of integration and cohesion.
The Commission engaged with a range of stakeholders in their efforts to
make practical recommendations to help develop capacity to build cohesive
and integrated communities. An extensive consultation process took place,
with over 600 responses from a vast range of organisations and indivduals.
analysis and a summary of the key
themes that emerged from the Commission's extensive consultation
process are available to download.