Commission response to Government's 'Creating the conditions for integration' strategy

21 February 2012

Trevor Phillips, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission said:

"We welcome the government's announcement of its strategy. The Commission's role is to support the creation of a fairer Britain, in which everybody has the ability to participate and realise their full potential and we look forward to working with the government to implement this important work.

"The Commission particularly welcomes the government's commitment to tackling intolerance and extremism of all kinds. At a time of increased economic pressures on society the government is right to work towards ensuring that hardship does not lead to increased tension and discrimination.

"Britain has enjoyed huge advances in tolerance and fairness over the last 30 years. However, the Commission's research has identified particular groups which still suffer barriers to economic and social mobility. We therefore support a strategy which ensures that public resources are targeted as efficiently as possible on these groups who would really benefit from assistance, rather than blanket, unfocussed spending based on assumptions rather than evidence of what will work best."

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