Louise Casey: No "no-go areas" for "inclusion" review
Head of Troubled Families unit to chair review to try and ensure communities not left "left isolated or exposed to extremism"
Louise Casey will chair a review into how the UK can improve integration among isolated groups in a bid to tackle extremism, David Cameron confirmed this afternoon.
As part of the review, the head of the government's Troubled Families unit will look at ways in which government can support isolated and deprived communities and increase opportunities for young people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
“We need young people to understand that here in the UK they can shape the future by being an active part of our great democracy," the prime minister said.
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"Achieve this and more people from ethnic minority backgrounds will feel they have a stake in our society. So I can announce today I have charged Louise Casey to carry out a review of how to boost opportunity and integration in these communities and bring Britain together as One Nation.
"She will look at issues like how we can ensure people learn English, how we boost employment outcomes – especially for women – and how state agencies can work with these communities to properly promote integration and opportunity, whilst learning lessons from past mistakes - when funding was simply handed over to self-appointed ‘community leaders’ who sometimes used it in a divisive way."
According to Downing Street, the work will feed into the launch of a new "Cohesive Communities Programme" next year.
Of her appointment, Casey said: "There is no bigger challenge facing us as a society than how we unite our communities so that everyone is engaged and nobody is left isolated or exposed to extremism. There will be no no-go areas, only a determination to do the best we can for everyone living in our country today."
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