Naz Shah MP

Labour MP for Bradford West

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Naz Shah Challenges Communities secretary

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I today challenged the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government following the release of the Casey Review - about the structural inequalities that affect Muslim communities. 

Naz Shah MP

While I second the invitation to Bradford from my colleague, the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies), I do not second the other half of his question. How will the Minister address the structural inequalities affecting Muslim communities, and especially Muslim women, which frustrate their aspiration of progressive engagement with society?

 

Sajid Javid – Secretary of State for Communities

 The hon. Lady will know that a number of programmes are already in place. Since 2011-12, the Government have spent £60 million on integration and cohesion programmes, including teaching the English language to isolated communities, with many of those involved being women. However, we always have to see what more we can do, and there are some suggestions in this report. It would be wrong of me not to study them carefully and not to look at which ones to take forward and implement, and I look forward to doing that. If the hon. Lady has particular suggestions once she has looked at the report in detail, I would be happy to listen to them.

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