Westminster is one of the most diverse places in the world, with hundreds of thousands of people from different backgrounds living here. To ensure Westminster continues to be a place where everyone feels they belong, and communities value one another, the council has launched a Community Cohesion Commission.
The commission has been set up to better understand cohesion in Westminster and how to address the possible root causes of radicalisation and other related issues.
You can find out more about the Commission by downloading the Terms of Reference
There are many different definitions of community cohesion but the Commission has decided to use the following:
“By community cohesion, we mean working towards a society in which there is a common vision and sense of belonging by all communities; a society in which the diversity of people’s backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued; a society in which similar life opportunities are available to all; and a society in which strong and positive relationships exist and continue to be developed in the workplace, in schools and in the wider community.”
Source: Local Government Association
The Commission will be led by Councillor Aiken, Cabinet Member for Public Protection with three other members including Councillor Hug, Leader of the Opposition, Councillor McAllister, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Councillor Mohammed, Ward Member for Bryanston and Dorset Square.
The Commission will conduct a local review of Westminster City Council’s and partners' policy and practice relating to community cohesion. This will include a review of approaches taken to address the risk of radicalisation. The Commission will also gather evidence to identify any local barriers to community cohesion. The Commission will then prepare recommendations to inform Westminster City Council’s work on how to improve community cohesion.
Residents are being invited to submit ideas on how to improve community cohesion, and what it means to them.
A report on the Commission’s findings and recommendations will be published in early 2017.
Alternatively, if you would like to share your thoughts, experiences or stories of community cohesion in Westminster, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.