Monday, February 4, 2008

UK Immigrants to be taught how to behave

Give me your huddled masses of budders, spitters, litterers and grabbers.

IMMIGRANTS should be given welcome packs advising them on social rules such as not touching people without their permission, according to Communities Secretary Hazel Blears today.

The welcome packs - which would be given out by local councils - will set out how to behave in the UK and contain information on social rules.

They will set out social rules like queuing in shops, not playing music loudly, not spitting, not touching people without their permission and not littering.

Ms Blears also set out new guidance aimed at making sure public money is being used for projects targeted at whole communities - not just one ethnic group.

The Government believe projects such as separate youth clubs for black or Asian children could establish division between different communities.

The guidance was suggested in response to the Commission on Integration and Cohesion which conducted a 10-month review into the major challenges caused by increasing diversity.

Councils will be urged to produce information packs for new migrants telling them their duty to integrate into British life and contribute to the economy to help avoid community tensions.

Under the new guidance, people awarding taxpayers’ money to projects will have to consider if schemes provide opportunities for people from different backgrounds to mix or whether they inadvertently create divisions.

The guidance for councils and other public bodies is being published today for consultation.

Ms Blears said: “Narrow focused single group funding risks creating communities that stand apart, not together.

“We need fresh efforts to strengthen what we have in common rather than risk using public money on projects that might create communities which may unnecessarily keep people apart.

“Diversity remains a real strength of this country enriching our national life but creating strong, united communities is something we need to keep working at.

“There maybe cases where it is legitimate and necessary to target resources at dealing with a specific issue like working with young men to tackle gun crime in the black community - but overall we need a rebalancing in how we focus resources with much greater importance placed on integrating different communities.”

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