brap report on ‘Interculturalism’

BRAP

In April 2012, brap published ‘Interculturalism. A breakdown of thinking and practice: lessons from the field’.

After 60 years of community relations policies — from assimilation, to multiculturalism, to community cohesion, to a new, Big Society approach — are we anywhere nearer to solving the problems of integration? And while we’re at it: what actually are the problems associated with integration?

This new report explores these ideas and more. Based on recent research into the frontline activities of organisations involved with the Awards for Bridging Cultures, the report looks at:

  • how past approaches to community relations (such as multiculturalism) have affected the way communities interact
  • the activities, initiatives, and projects that are taking place on the ground as communities focus on what unites us, rather than what divides us
  • how integration can be promoted in an age of austerity
  • the skills local authorities and community groups need to establish better relations between people from a range of backgrounds

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Sayce Review of employment services for disabled people and Government response

In March 2012, the Government published its response to the Sayce Review into employment services for disabled people.

In its response, the Government:

  • welcomed the Sayce Review which made a large number of recommendations about how we can deliver more effective specialist disability employment programmes to help more disabled people move into and keep work.
  • supported the central theme that resources should be directed towards disabled people themselves, giving them maximum choice and control in the services they receive.
  • accepted all of the recommendations on Access to Work — specifically that it is highly cost effective, should be made more widely available and funding should be increased as resources are released from the reform of less effective programmes.
  • accepted the recommendations on Remploy — the Government will reduce its current subsidy to Remploy from the beginning of the new financial year so that it ceases funding factories which make significant losses year after year and restrict funding to factories which might have a prospect of a viable future without Government subsidy.

The Government also announced that an extra £15m is available for Access to Work in this Spending Review period. And with other efficiencies this will help a further 8,000 disabled people to either enter work or retain their job.

The Sayce Review
‘Getting in, staying in and getting on: Disability employment support fit for the future’ was published on 9 June 2011. The review by RADAR Chief Executive Liz Sayce was commissioned by the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller.

The Sayce review recommends changes to Government policy to support disabled people to work in any role in any sector – rather than in segregated employment.

It recommends doubling the numbers of people able to use Access to Work – which gives financial help for support workers, interpreters, equipment and other practical support to enable disabled people to keep and get jobs.

The review recommends raising the overall numbers securing specialist disability support to 100,000 within existing resources, with further expansion longer-term.

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Runnymede report of the Riot Roundtables project

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Runnymede’s report of the Riot Roundtables project was published in March 2012.

The Riot Roundtables brought key local decision-makers, professionals, young people and members of the community together to find out what happened during the riots and what can be done to prevent something similar happening again. Runnymede was keen to find out if race played a role in the riots.

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EHRC review on the state of human rights in England and Wales

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On 5 March 2012, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published its review on the state of human rights in England and Wales.

The review looks at the evidence base for the rights contained in the Human Rights Act, using academic research, legal guidance, as well as work contained within the Commission’s Human Rights Measurement Framework. It brings together available data and other evidence to set out some of the priority human rights issues for action for the Commission, government, public authorities and others.

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Report: ‘Responsible Reform: Open Public Services for All’

On 23 February 2012, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and North West Infrastructure Partnership published their joint report ‘Responsible Reform: Open Public Services for All’.

The report argues that while the Big State failed to create resilient communities, the Small State is destroying what remains. It proposes a model of reform, through the use of ‘small state equality’, that will build local economic and social resilience. It also proposes a model of commissioning that brings together the best aspects of empowerment, decentralisation and accountability.

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