On 30 October 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published ‘Cohesion and equality. Guidance for funders’.
The guidance cites evidence that ‘local authorities are implementing the drive to promote community cohesion and integration in breach of their positive legal obligations concerning equality and diversity’.
The guidance states that ‘Funders also need to recognise and appreciate the shared aspirations of the equality duties and cohesion agenda; they complement each other. Both aim to remove disadvantages experienced by groups; both promote participation in society and positive engagement between groups, with the broader purpose of fostering greater understanding and mutual respect between individuals and groups, and a shared sense of community identity.