Community Relations

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 29th June 2020.

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Photo of Naseem Shah Naseem Shah Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department plans to allocate similar levels of funding as previously allocated through the Integrated Communities Innovation Fund to new projects related to community integration.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

This Government remains committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all and continues to provide funding to help build strong, integrated communities.

We have launched the new ESOL for Integration Fund that will take a localised approach to boosting the English language skills of those residents with little or no English language, who may also be isolated or disconnected from services and the wider area. Up to £6.5 million has been made available in 2020/21 to support successful local authority proposals.

We have also launched the Faith, Race and Hate Crime grant scheme, which will support organisations that are working to bring different faith and ethnic groups together and tackle racially and religiously motivated hate crime to create integrated communities. Up to £2 million has been made available to support this work.

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