Wednesday 14 March 2018 / 9:45 AM Local Government

Government is failing to show real progress has been made on tackling divisions in our society – Fovargue

Yvonne Fovargue MP, Shadow Communities Minister, commenting on the launch of the Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy, said:
“Almost three years on from when this report was commissioned, the Government is failing to show real progress has been made on its approach to tackling some of the divisions in our society.

“Since 2010, Tory cuts to council budgets have forced the closure of shared community spaces such as Sure Start Centres, youth centres, parks and libraries, and funding for ESOL has been slashed by over £130 million.

“Until this Government wakes up to the scale of suffering that austerity is inflicting on our communities – and begins to support the work of local authorities – it will not begin to improve community integration.”