What is the aim of the Commission?
The Social Integration Commission has been set up to explore key questions related to the UK’s increasing diversity. The Commission will:
1) Explore the nature and extent of social contact between people of different ages, ethnicities and social grades
2) Assess the impact of social division on the UK economy and society
3) Make practical and affordable recommendations for increasing social contact across key policy areas
Who has set up the Commission and how is it being funded?
The Commission has been set up by The Challenge, the UK’s leading integration charity which exists to strengthen communities by bringing people from different walks of life together. The Commission is being co-funded by The Challenge and British Gas.
Who are the Commissioners?
Eight independent Commissioners have been selected to shape the thinking around the issues the Commission will explore and produce practical and insightful recommendations. Each Commissioner brings a wealth of experience from their respective fields which include academia, business, education, politics and the public sector. A full list of Commissioners can be found here.
How will the Commission be run?
The Commission is an independent enquiry into the extent of social integration in 21st century Britain. The Commissioners, led by Matthew Taylor (Chief Executive of the RSA), will determine the parameters of the Commission’s remit and focus. Three Working Groups (Delivery, Employers and Policy) have also been set up to help think through some of the questions the Commission will explore. A secretariat will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Commission.
Is this a Britain wide Commission?
Yes. Reference will be made to international policy, practice and research where relevant.
What will be the outcome of the Commission?
The Commission will launch in February 2014 and will run for 12 months. Over that period, we will carry out research and seek to consolidate the debate around social integration between people of different ages, ethnicities and social grades.
We will produce two interim reports, identifying the extent of social segregation and analysing its impact. The Commission’s final report will be published in February 2015 and will provide practical and affordable recommendations for increasing social contact between people of different ages, ethnicities and social grades across key policy areas.