Community Relations

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 16 December 2008, Hansard, columns 582-83W, on community relations,

(1) what steps her Department has taken in response to the observations on page 6 of the report on the learning and development exercise issued by the Audit Commission and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary;

(2) how many local authorities have selected National Indicator 35 as part of their local area agreements; and when local authorities are due to report on progress against that indicator in respect of work done under the Prevent strand of Project Contest in 2008.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

In responding to the observations in the "Preventing Violent Extremism: Learning and Development Exercise" report relating to assessing success, my Department has responded by commissioning research from the Tavistock Institute and De Montfort University to investigate the national and international contributing factors to violent extremism. On 10 December 2008 the Secretary of State announced that we would be working to establish a national 'centre of excellence' that local areas can access for practical advice on Prevent; and we have published guidance produced jointly between Communities and Local Government, the Home Office and the Office for Public Management to assist local authorities and the police in reporting outcomes linked to National Indicator 35 (NI 35). Currently 19 local authorities have selected NI 35 as a priority indicator as part of their local area agreements. Progress against NI 35 for 2008-09 will be reported from April 2009.

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