Long awaited Casey Review published

Dame Louise Casey has today released her long-awaited report into integration and inclusion in the UK.

The review, commissioned by former PM David Cameron, argues that with an increasingly diverse population, we need to do more to bring people from different backgrounds together.  In a piece in the Guardian today, Casey argues that ‘As a nation, we are becoming ever more diverse, increasingly integrated, and more at ease with that difference too. Yet some communities are becoming more segregated at the same time.’

The Casey Review involved meetings, visits and discussions up and down the country with more than 800 members of the public, community groups, academics, politicians and others. It also took into consideration of a wide range of written submissions, research, data and other evidence. The  findings include:

  • Some groups, including poorer White British communities, face stark social and economic exclusion.
  • Others, in particular Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities, have higher levels of segregation and appear to be disadvantaged on a range of socio-economic factors.
  • Without targeted help for these groups, we risk increasing economic and social divisions and exclusion, xenophobia and extremism.

This brave and timely report makes clear that unless we act urgently our country is in danger of becoming a less integrated and more divided place.

We must not repeat the mistakes of the past by watering down or ignoring its recommendations. Evidence shows an integrated society benefits us all – it leads to healthier, more trusting citizens, less extremism and higher employment.

But creating a more integrated society will require tackling hard questions such as why long-standing white communities are moving away from ethnically diverse areas, why some areas are becoming almost exclusively Asian British and what we really mean by shared British values.

We all, but particularly politicians and civic leaders, have a responsibility to build an integrated society – one in which we can forge friendships with those different to ourselves. This review should speak to all ethnic groups, races and faiths, not single out one or two.

Jon Yates, Director of External Affairs at The Challenge

You can read more coverage on the review, including in the GuardianThe Sun and the Daily Mail. This Observer piece from yesterday outlines the political problems posed by segregation, with particular reference to the work of The Challenge.