A new £7 million fund to support ‘trailblazing’ approaches to building more integrated communities in England was launched yesterday (July 9) by Secretary of State for Communities James Brokenshire. The Integrated Communities Innovation Fund will help tackle the key causes of poor integration set out in the Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy green paper which was launched in March 2018. The fund will complement the Government’s local integration plans which has already been set up in Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Peterborough, Walsall and Waltham Forest. Speaking after the session, Secretary of State for Communities Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: ‘Britain is on the whole a well integrated society, but we have been clear that we need to tackle the persistent challenges of integration in some communities across the country. The trailblazing projects supported by the fund announced today will drive forward our work to bring all levels of society together, from business leaders … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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