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We work to raise the profile of integration, with policy recommendations to increase contact between people from different backgrounds.

We need to think about integration and social connection in a new way – refusing to divide people into ‘Them and Us’, whether that’s about migrants, ethnic minorities or British Muslims.

We put forward concrete ideas to make integration an ‘everybody’ issue, shaping a ‘New Us’ so we can all feel part of a country that is closer, kinder and more connected.

British Future was one of a broad coalition of voices calling for the 2020s to be a ‘Decade of reconnection’ – and is now an integral part of the Together Coalition carrying this work forward.

British Future is the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration. Click here for more information on the APPG, and here for the APPG website. 

‘For integration and social connection, policy matters’ – a speech by Sunder Katwala at launch of new Belong research

‘For integration and social connection, policy matters’ – a speech by Sunder Katwala at launch of new Belong research Date: 29 November 2021

For integration and social connection, policy matters. A speech by British Future Director Sunder Katwala at the launch event for a new research report by the Belong Network.

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Why building better communities is everyone’s business

Why building better communities is everyone’s business Date: 27 October 2021

Businesses of all sizes, sectors and situations stepped up during the pandemic to help local communities. A new Social Integration APPG report asks whether this will continue and how business could contribute to the levelling-up of people and places.

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Time running out to harness benefits of Covid-19 volunteer spirit – new APPG report

Time running out to harness benefits of Covid-19 volunteer spirit – new APPG report Date: 27 October 2021

The upsurge in volunteering during the Covid-19 pandemic helped to connect people from different backgrounds and promote integration. This appetite for community action risks being lost without urgent policy action, warns a new APPG report.

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Putting people at the heart of the Levelling Up agenda: conference fringe report

Putting people at the heart of the Levelling Up agenda: conference fringe report Date: 5 October 2021

Communities and social infrastructure should be at the heart of the Levelling Up agenda, said the panel at this Conservative Party conference fringe, featuring Danny Kruger, PPS to Michael Gove at the Department for Levelling UP, Housing and Communities.

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Teaching children our imperial past can help them understand Britain today

Teaching children our imperial past can help them understand Britain today Date: 10 August 2021

Children must be taught the history of Britain’s imperial legacies if they are to understand the country they live in today, writes Dr Samir Puri, author of ‘The great imperial hangover’.

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Yorkshire launch for ‘biggest-ever public conversation on social connection’

Yorkshire launch for ‘biggest-ever public conversation on social connection’ Date: 21 September 2020

Talk/together, the UK’s biggest-ever public consultation on what unites and divides our society kicks off in Yorkshire before covering every nation and region of the UK in the coming months.

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ONS study confirms fading Covid unity across society

ONS study confirms fading Covid unity across society Date: 25 August 2020

‘Unity and division in Great Britain,’ a new ONS study, confirms the increased sense of unity under the COVID-19 lockdown is starting to fade.

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Fears of social divisions re-emerging as lockdown unity fades: new research

Fears of social divisions re-emerging as lockdown unity fades: new research Date: 18 June 2020

New research finds an increased sense of unity among the public following the shared experience of COVID-19 – but warns that divisions may be re-emerging as the lockdown eases.

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Building a legacy of volunteering after COVID-19

Building a legacy of volunteering after COVID-19 Date: 14 May 2020

Government and charities need to act now to make sure recent volunteering efforts have a lasting legacy, writes Jill Rutter

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