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UK Cohesion 'Undermined by Poverty'

Magazine article Public Finance

UK Cohesion 'Undermined by Poverty'

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Addressing deprivation and access to opportunity is more important in defusing community tensions than attempting to foster a common sense of 'Britishness', according to a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The report, Immigration and social cohesion in the UK, published on Jury 21, found that although many British people valued their children growing up in a diverse culture, they also believed that their prospects - especially in terms of housing and education could be reduced as a result of immigration.

The research by staff at the Institute for the Study of European Transformations at London Metropolitan University echoed the findings of the communities and local government select committee report on community cohesion, published last week. The MPs found that public concern over migration was prompted largely by anxieties over pressure on local services. …

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