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

Rose Doran and Michael Keating

in Promoting social cohesion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303084 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426956.003.0008
Social cohesion in the local delivery context: understanding equality and the importance of local knowledge

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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

Chapter.  6923 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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