By Robin Tuddenham, Director of Communities and Service Support, Calderdale MBC and Solace Deputy Spokesperson on Civil Resilience and Community Safety
Dame Louise Casey’s long-awaited review into opportunity and integration has been out a couple of months now. Landing in the middle of the Brexit debate, a Trump presidency, and ongoing cases hitting the media in relation to extremism and radicalisation it is of real relevance to our time, but it has also had to fight for air space.
In its 200 pages, there are some powerful messages about economic/social isolation and missed opportunities in our communities across Great Britain. In her inimitable way, Dame Louise challenges all of us in public life to grasp the challenge head on of how to provide civic leadership in an era of demographic change, the localisation of global issues in our neighbourhoods and the role of new ways to engage and inspire young people, women and those communities with a perceived aspiration gap – whether white working class, Pakistani or Bangladeshi.