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Promoting social cohesionImplications for policy and evaluation$
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Peter Ratcliffe and Ines Newman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426956

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426956.001.0001

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Social cohesion in the local delivery context: understanding equality and the importance of local knowledge

Social cohesion in the local delivery context: understanding equality and the importance of local knowledge

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(p.140) (p.141) Seven Social cohesion in the local delivery context: understanding equality and the importance of local knowledge
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Promoting social cohesion
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Rose Doran

Michael Keating

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426956.003.0008

This chapter describes the potential impact of the new Equality Act at a local level. It discusses how a developed understanding of social cohesion provides a broader moral and long-term context for decisions about community leadership and public-service delivery in local government. The chapter also argues the importance of grounding broad philosophical concepts and policies of community/social cohesion in the reality of understanding and addressing local inequality and disadvantage. The new Equality Act sets out to strengthen protection, advance equality, and simplify the law through a range of specific actions. Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) has long had a dedicated resource for work on equalities, recently joined by community cohesion. The two councils that have so far achieved ‘excellent’ status – The London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council – are reported.

Keywords:   Equality Act, Improvement and Development, Tower Hamlets, Rotherham Council, social cohesion, local government, local inequality

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