Abandon cohesion guidance, Government warned

A black and minority ethnic third sector partnership has demanded that the Government abandon its draft guidance on community cohesion.

Voice4Change believes the guidance, which proposes that single-group funding should be "the exception rather than the rule for both government and external funders", will threaten the existence of BME third sector organisations.

The guidance is currently out to consultation, and Voice4Change is urging the Communities and Local Government department to engage in a "positive dialogue with the sector" on the causes of inequality.

Vandna Gohil, director of Voice4Change, said: "The Government hasn't looked at its own research or the evidence from service delivery organisations. The proposal is not grounded in the reality or the context of how BME third sector organisations work and deliver support services to diverse communities."

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