07 / 7 / 2014 2.24pm
The Social Integration Commission has set up a 12 month national inquiry to explore whether a lack of connection between people of different ages, ethnicities and social backgrounds has an effect on our economy and society. The commission attempts to answer three key questions:
- How integrated is modern Britain?
- Does integration matter?
- Can levels of integration be altered?
NHS Employers has supported the work of the Commission by being part of the appointed Employers working group. This group will explore the barriers social division creates within the workplace and make policy recommendations to overcome them. NHS Employers will also be engaging with its Equality and Diversity partners to help shape the recommendations as well as share good practice.
The first of three reports that the Commission are working titled ‘How integrated is Modern Britain’ was published on Monday 30 June 2014. In this report the commission chose to examine social integration particularly in relation to social grade, ethnicity and age.
The key findings of the report include the following:
1. Highly diverse areas are not necessarily integrated.
2. Integration issues apply to everyone, not just to ethnic minorities.
3. Levels of integration are structured around institutions that we use and value.
4. Young people are segregated by ethnicity.
5. There is a disconnect between employers and those looking for work or seeking to progress in their careers.
For more details or to view the full report, please visit the Social Integration Commission website.