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OCTOBER REDRAFT

BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE
A Cohesion, Sharing and Integration policy for a
shared and better future

WORKING DRAFT
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FM and DFM amended draft (latest version 28th
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CONTENTS

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VISION, POLICY AND PRIORITIES FOR NEW
POLICY

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2.

POLITICAL LEADERSHIP/COMMUNITY
ENGAGEMENT

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3.

FUTURE ACTIONS

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4.

KEY AIMS

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5.

EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION

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6.

SHARED CULTURES

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7.

A SECURE COMMUNITY

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8.

A COHESIVE COMMUNITY

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9.

LOCAL PEOPLE/LOCAL SOLUTIONS: THE ROLE
FOR DISTRICT COUNCILS

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10.

LOOKING OUTWARD –– NORTH/SOUTH; EAST/WEST
AND EUROPEAN DIMENSIONS

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11.

FRAMEWORK FOR STRATEGIC ACTION

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NEW COMMUNITY, NEW TIMES

Good Relations¹ Policy for a New Era

FOREWORD

1.1

We have now entered a new and hopeful period in our
history. Our vision for this new era is that working

together, we will build a shared and better future for all ––
a society which is at ease with itself and where everyone
shares in and enjoys the benefits of the unprecedented
opportunities that this new era offers.

Our future will

be one where the relationships between our people, and
the space we occupy, will be fundamentally different
from our divided past - where safety will be found in the
strength of our relationships and where there is respect
for the rule of law.

1.2

Our Programme for Government makes clear:

equality, fairness, inclusion and the promotion of
good relations will be watchwords for all or our
policies and programmes across Government. Much
has already been achieved and we are committed to
working towards a shared and better future for all.

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¹All references to Good Relations policy in this document covers both community relations
and race relations. Para 13 refers

Relationship between ““community relations”” and ““race
relations””

1.3

We are convinced that ““good relations”” policy cannot
sensibly be divided between ““community relations”” and
““race relations””. As the deputy First Minister stated to
the Assembly on 27 May 2008 ““it is important to state

that we cannot hope to tackle racism without tackling
sectarianism, and vice versa. Both racism and
sectarianism have their origins in unacceptable
attitudes, and find their outlets in unacceptable
behaviours. We should not kid ourselves that we can
tackle one without tackling the other, nor should anyone
imagine that they can take refuge in tackling racism
because they find it uncomfortable to tackle
sectarianism, or vice versa. Those twin evils feed off
and, indeed, sustain each other. Of course, there can e
no place whatsoever for intolerance or hatred, however it
manifests itself, and whoever it chooses as a victim””.

Accordingly, for the purposes of this strategy we have
decided to use the term ““good relations”” to cover both
““community relations”” and ““race relations””. This
acknowledges the reality of our increasing diversity. The
term ““good relations”” also serves to link the policy firmly
to legislation, specifically, Section 75 (2) of the Northern

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Ireland Act 1998 which requires public authorities to
““have regard to the desirability of promoting good
relations between persons of different religious belief,
political opinion or racial group””.

It is important to note that tackling community relations
must include tackling all prejudice, discrimination or
violence regardless of the reason. This strategy will
predominantly deal with sectarian and racial divisions
and cohesion but many objectives and actions will also
apply to all in our society including the s.75 (1) groups.

1.4

Previous community relations and race relations policy
has been based on a set of fundamental principles and as
part of the process of developing ‘‘Building a Better
Future”” we have produced a set of principles which
underpin our updated good relations policy.

x

The role of Government, its departments and
agencies, is to enable everyone to contribute to and
benefit from a shared and better future.

x

Safety for all, including minority ethnic groups, can
be found only in strong relationships.

x

Equality and good relations are mutually compatible
and interdependent.

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x

Whilst Departments, agencies and public bodies
must incorporate good relations outcomes into all
policy and programme objectives it is essential that
local communities, including minority ethnic
communities, have an integral role in the planning
and delivery process. Co-operation must be a
feature of implementation.

x

Tackling racial harassment and discrimination is a
policy priority.

x

A better quality of life for everyone will be
evidenced by a peaceful, fair and respectful society
with respect for the rule of law.

x

Leadership and example in the political arena (in
the Assembly and in Local Government), in the civic
arena (eg business, church, trade unions) and at
community and voluntary sector levels is key to
enabling the vision to become a reality.

x

Policy is about enabling the diversity of cultures
and traditions to be understood, appreciated and
respected. It is also about ensuring that the ways

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in which differing cultures are expressed are
peaceful and non-threatening.

x

Challenging racial stereotyping and systemic
racism is a priority.

x

A cross-cutting good relations and good race
relations policy contributes positively to the other
policy objectives.

1.5

A vision of a future built on the strength of relationships
is an aspiration which is already beginning to be evident
in our society. Some of the findings of recent research²
confirms that:-

x

Direct contact with a member of the other
community resulted in a reduction in prejudice over
time.

x

Neighbourhood contact had an impact not only on
attitude to the other community, but also on attitude
to racial minority groups³. (More positive crosscommunity contact led to less racial prejudice
towards ethnic minorities.)

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x

When people viewed members of their community
involved in cross-community contact, this led to an
increase in their own cross-community contact.

²University of Ulster/University of Oxford: June 2008
‘‘Can contact promote better relations? Evidence for mixed and segregated areas of Belfast’’.
³In this document ““Minority Ethnic People”” or ““Minority Ethnic Communities”” or ““Minority
Ethnic Groups”” or ““Ethnic Minority”” means people whether they are settled ethnic minority
(including Travellers, Roma and Gypsy) or settled religious minority, migrants (EU and nonEU), asylum seekers and refugees or other immigration status. It has an inclusive meaning to
unite all minority communities.

x

Indirect contact has a positive effect by changing
opinions about accepted and acceptable patterns of
cross-community interaction, by reducing anxiety
about meeting members of the other community and
by increasing the ‘‘overlap’’ between oneself and the
other community.

x

Indirect contact via friends and family was most
effective, compared with lower impact of work
colleagues and particularly neighbours.

1.6

It is essential to emphasise the mutually dependent and
mutually reinforcing nature of equality and good
relations: good relations cannot be build on inequality.

1. 7 We already have strong and comprehensive antidiscrimination legislation, and a robust Executive
commitment to tackling all forms of inequality.

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1.8

Section 75 of the NI Act 1998 places general authorising
statutory duties on all public authorities to have due
regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity
across 9 grounds and to have regard for the desirability
of promoting good relations on the grounds of race,
religion and political opinion.

1.9

The enforcement of law and implementation of policy
cannot alone tackle the motivations behind intolerance,
discrimination and hate crime. Division and polarisation
within our society has contributed to prejudice. We want
to challenge this difficult legacy by positively promoting
progress towards a cohesive, shared and integrated
society.

1.10 The Executive is committed to providing strong and
united leadership on these issues. The strategic
direction of good relations policy carries the
endorsement of all those in the Executive. It includes a
commitment to tackle all of the key problems and issues
we still face. In particular, we are committed to the
following key priorities:

x

Dealing with the legacy of the past and providing a
strong financial and support framework for bodies;

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x

Tackling the visible manifestations of racism,
sectarianism and intolerance;

x

Promoting equality of opportunity for all our people
and tackling disadvantage based on inequalities;

x

With the support of communities, the dismantling of
all ‘‘peace walls’’;

x

Working with the communities living in interface
areas and the PSNI to eliminate sectarian attacks,
youth rioting and civil disturbance;

x

Tackling the incidence of and the reason for racist
attacks;

x

Building a strong community where everyone can
live, work, rest and socialise in a context of
tolerance, safety and freedom from violence;

x

Providing and expanding safe and shared spaces
and share public services with the aim of making
every public space a shared space.

x

Building a society where cultural diversity is
embraced and celebrated;

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x

The elimination of all attacks motivated by
sectarian, religious, racist or homophobic prejudice,
particularly those on symbolic premises, cultural
premises and monuments; and

x

Supporting communities to deal with local issues
through local solutions.

1.11 We are much stronger working together as one
community than as opposing parts. What unites us is
much stronger than what has ever divided us. We aim to
promote pride in who we are and confidence in our
different cultural identities, but we also aim to celebrate
and embrace the diversity which is an increasingly vital
part of our society.

1.12 We acknowledge how much has already been achieved
and continues to be achieved by individuals and groups
working together to deal with difficult issues. Their
commitment and hard work has allowed us to enjoy some
of the most peaceful times for many years.

1.13 It is our intention to ensure that good practice which has
produced real and tangible benefits can be encouraged
and replicated in other places.

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1.14 To translate the vision, policy and strategic priorities into
action we are bringing forward a Programme for
Cohesion, Sharing and Integration which will provide a
framework for delivery of our objectives. We
acknowledge that, while this programme focuses on
tackling sectarianism and racist attitudes and
behaviours, all manifestations of intolerance are
unacceptable in our society. We therefore strongly
repudiate and condemn attacks on people on the basis of
age (where our older people are particularly vulnerable),
disability, race, sexual orientation or gender. We will
seek to ensure that the principles in this programme for
Cohesion, Sharing and Integration are reflected within
the separate initiatives and policies which we have for
these sectors of our community.

1.15 As the First Minister has previously stated ‘‘OFMDFM is

legally obliged to ensure that no one is discriminated
against in our society. Even if there were no legal
obligation I would be at the forefront in defending
someone who was being discriminated against’’.

1.16 The Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration is
designed to provide a framework for action by us as an
administration; by organisations across the public,
private and voluntary sectors; and by every individual
living here –– to do our business and live our lives in a way

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which helps to build on our commitment to a shared and
better future. Some of the actions to be taken –– like our
entry into government together –– involve historic shifts.
Others involve more modest but still significant steps in
the ways that we relate to each other as members of
society. This is a programme in which everyone has a
constructive part to play.

1.18 An overall budget of £28.7m has been approved in the
Spending Review to resource this Programme over the
period 2008/2011. We also intend to work closely with
the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) and other
sources of funding to ensure maximum impact by
projects and programmes which can demonstrate
tangible benefits. We will be at the forefront of coordinating a joined-up and multi-agency approach to
funding.

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2.

POLITICAL LEADERSHIP/COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

2.1

We believe that strong local political leadership is
essential to the success of this strategy. For this reason
we will establish a new Ministerially-led Good Relations
Panel. With the support of the Head of the Civil Service,
other departments, local government, (from both NILGA
and SOLACE) key stakeholders with a role and
responsibilities in tackling sectarianism, racism and
racial inequalities and statutory bodies such as the
Equality Commission, the Community Relations Council
and PSNI, the Ministerial Panel’’s priorities will be
reviewing and monitoring :-

x

cross-Departmental implementation of the good
relations strategy in the context of our statutory
duties; and

x

the Programme for Government’’s commitments that
equality, fairness, inclusion and good relations will
become ““watchwords for all our policies and
programmes across Government””.

2.2

The Ministerial Panel will work directly with a
reinvigorated Racial Equality Forum and the ECNI/CRC
Good Relations Forum in the discharge of its functions.

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2.3

The Ministerial Panel will identify a number of specific
issues on which it wishes to see direct action. Having
established clear policy, it will also identify clear
mechanisms for implementation and monitoring. Working
across departments, through local government and other
statutory bodies, Ministers will ensure that the policy is
action based and impact driven.

2.4

Ministers will use the Good Relations Indicators to help
the formulation of targets and to ensure monitoring and
progress. The 2008 updated indicators are attached to
this draft strategy.

2.5

The Minister-led panel would also oversee funding at a
regional wide level.

2.4

The specific matters requiring attention from Ministers
will vary over time. However, a number of themes for
action are already clear:
x

Interface task force;

x

Young people and their communities;

x

Cultural Identity, including issues around flags and
emblems, murals, bonfires, cultural expression and
popular protest;

x

‘‘Shared Space’’ and the important role of planning,
regeneration and housing in promoting good
relations and good race relations;

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x

‘‘Crisis Intervention’’ and the need for a mechanism
to co-ordinate multi-agency rapid responses to
tackle sectarianism and racial violence.

2.5

The Executive, Assembly and Departmental Committee
will continue the robust scrutiny of policy delivery and
outcomes.

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3.

FUTURE ACTIONS

3.1

We believe that there are a number of actions we can
take to encourage the reduction of prejudice and
positively promote mutual acceptance such as:

x

Promoting trust so that differences are understood
as enriching rather than as threatening.

x

Building confident, open and vibrant communities
which can accommodate and celebrate diversity.

x

Promoting equality and fairness for all.

x

Building the capacity of minority ethnic communities
to create meaningful partnerships with local
communities.

x

Spreading an ethos of friendship, mutual respect and
personal safety.

x

Promoting civic responsibility, inclusion and
tolerance at school and in further and higher
education.

x

Encouraging early positive and co-ordinated
interventions to tackle prejudice, discrimination and

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exclusion based on political opinion, religious belief
and racial or ethnic origin.

x

Ensuring, through good practice, the positive
promotion of the principles of equality of opportunity
and good relations and the achievement of outcomes
which benefit people.

x

Adopting a zero tolerance approach to prejudice and
hate crime.

3.2

We aim to build a sustainable society based on
relationships between all people and communities which
are characterised by mutual respect for cultural diversity
and which recognise our interdependence in a shared
and better future for all.

3.3

We want to work closely with local people and
communities in partnership to find local solutions to local
issues.

3.4

This strategy is an integrated and inter-related policy
covering both inter-community relations and race
relations (including racial equality). Its origins are
compatible with –– and complement - the statutory and
policy objectives of Section 75 and the Race Relations
(NI) Order 1997.

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Relationship of Good Relations Policy to Racial Equality
Strategy

3.5

This Programme is not intended to supersede or replace
the Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland 2005-10,
which was endorsed by the motion made by the
Assembly on 3 July 2007. Rather it provides the
framework for the delivery of aspects of that strategy
relating to good race relations in a co-ordinated, joined
up process.

We consider that the six shared aims set out in the
Racial Equality Strategy are robust and comprehensive
and that the section concerning the ““Scale of the
challenges”” in the Strategy is more relevant now than
ever before.

3.6

We will revisit the six shared aims following the launch of
the ‘‘Building a Better Future”” in the light of the results of
the consultation on the Good Relations Policy and
Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration. This
will be done in close consultation with minority ethnic
groups and the wider community. We are committed to
the partnership process which developed the six shared
aims originally.

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3.7

We remain open to proposals as to how we might
strengthen these six shared aims.

3.8

It should be noted that until criminal justice matters are
devolved, responsibility for aspects of the shared aim
relating to ““Equal protection”” (““To combat racism and
provide effective protection and redress against racism
and racist crime””) rests with the UK Government.

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4.

KEY AIMS OF NEW COMMUNITIES, NEW TIMES

4.1

This strategy aims to make a difference to both people
and places across Northern Ireland.

x

Changes for People:

This strategy will

x

Promote understanding, acceptance and respect

x

Emphasise Inclusion and interdependence.

x

Embrace and support minority ethnic communities
arriving into this society.

x

Create practical and open networks across
communities, ethnic groups, north/south and
east/west to the benefit of all.

x

Build on shared values of human rights and equality
to build a society which honours rights and accepts
and promotes our civic responsibilities to one
another.

x

Promote partnership communities which celebrate
difference.

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x

Changes in places:

Through the strategy we will support:

x

Shared and Safe Spaces for working, shopping,
socialising and playing.

x

Shared Facilities which provide high quality public
services to all those who need them.

x

An open and tolerant atmosphere for the expression of
culture and cultures.

x

Safety for everyone who wishes to express and celebrate
their identity peacefully.

x

Cohesive, integrated communities.

x

Sharing in education.

x

Integrated Workplaces.

PEOPLE

4.2

This new policy for a new era must recognise and
support the aspirations of the very many people who
wish to see change permeating to all aspects of everyday
life. The Independent Life and Times surveys have
consistently shown significant preferences in both major
communities for:

x

mixed religion neighbourhoods;

x

mixed religion workplaces; and

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x

4.3

Mixed religion schools.

While acknowledging the progress that we have made,
the Programme for Government emphasises the
importance of tackling the continuing problems of
sectarianism, racism and intolerance in our society.
Sectarianism, racism and intolerance destroy lives, mar
our reputation, blight our economic prospects and have a
corrosive effect on our society. This document sets out
how we will seek to address those pivotal issues. It will
build on the vital work which has had a significant
impact within and between our long-standing
communities as well as the new arrivals which have
joined us in recent years .

4.4

The arrival of people from across the globe over recent
years offers the potential to change the context within
which the divisions of the past have remained. It
provides the opportunity for us to develop a better future
for our ““traditional”” communities and to integrate new
arrivals into a more cohesive society.

4.5

The values of a shared and cohesive community are:

x

Equality, fairness, inclusion and the promotion of
good relations.

New arrivals include migrants from both EU and non-EU, asylum seekers and refugees or
other immigration status.

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x

Respect for the rule of law.

x

Strong relationships built on respect, trust, equality
and interdependence.

x

Vindication and protection of human rights for all.

x

Acknowledgement of individual and community
responsibilities.

A community which accepts and embraces its responsibilities
is a strong and resilient community.

PLACES

4.6

In spite of our divisions there are already many shared
spaces –– including some city and town centres, shopping
streets and shopping centres, workplaces, community
halls, healthcare facilities and leisure centres. However
through this strategy we will seek to ensure that all
spaces and facilities are shared and welcoming, in an
ethos of mutual acceptance. In some cases this will
take time and hard work to achieve through building
community confidence and good relations.

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4.7

It is also important that shared spaces and facilities are
welcoming to everyone from the community. This does
not mean ““neutralising”” the area or facilities but creating
a good and harmonious environment which removes any
perceived threat and reflects and welcomes differing
cultures and minority ethnic groups in a culture of mutual
acceptance.

4.8

We are committed to working with communities to
remove threatening and divisive symbols such as
parliamentary flags, racist and sectarian graffiti and
paramilitary murals. We will also address the issue of
territorial markers, such as flags, where these are being
used in an attempt to intimidate. This will require
updating the Flags Protocol.

4.9

There is a particular responsibility on all Councils and
Departments to ensure that in the discharge of functions
and service delivery to all localities they must be mindful
of their duties under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland
Act 1998. Article 67 of the Race Relations (Northern
Ireland) Order 1997 also places a statutory duty on
district councils to make appropriate arrangements with
a view to ensuring that its various functions are carried
out with due regard to the need:

x

to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination; and

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x

to promote equality of opportunity, and good
relations, between persons of different racial groups.

4.10 KEY TARGETS

x

Public spaces, thoroughfares, community facilities,
town centres should be safe and shared by the whole
community.

x

All public authorities, including District Councils,
should discharge functions and deliver services
equally and inclusively recognising the diverse
nature of the communities they serve and the
barriers which can be experienced by minority ethnic
people.

x

Unnecessary duplication of services should be
targeted through the enhanced delivery of shared
services.

x

Safe and secure shared community spaces should be
developed in a culture of mutual acceptance.

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5.

EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION

5.1

The future is of greatest importance to the young. It is
encouraging to see some young people already taking a
lead in addressing the divisions in society. It is also
clear that young people, especially where there is
deprivation and/or a history of local tension are often the
people who are both the victims and perpetrators of
sectarian, racist and anti-social behaviour.

5.2

Concerns have been raised that sectarian tensions are
picked up and acted upon by young people who are
marginalised from mainstream youth provision and who
are very much ‘‘at risk’’ with serious implications for good
relations locally, with knock on risks at a regional level.
At the same time, young people in North Belfast have
given a lead to their peers and adults over recent years
in their ‘‘Give it up M8’’ anti-rioting campaign. This
initiative is a practical example of what challenging antisectarianism actually means and is making a real
difference to these communities.

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5.3

Research from the University of Ulster/University of
Oxford

indicates that contact between the traditional

communities also impacts on attitudes to racial minority
groups leading to less racial prejudice towards ethnic
minorities. In our increasingly diverse society this is an
outcome not only to be welcomed but encouraged.

5.4

In recent years the government has invested in
diversionary/intervention programmes as a means of
sustaining the peaceful summers which are essential
factors in the transformation process. It is now vital that
we progress beyond a short-term year-on-year approach.
Therefore, this strategy will place a special emphasis on
engaging young people and communities in long term
strategies to reduce prejudice and build a culture of
mutual respect. This work will complement our existing
objectives for tackling poverty, particularly child poverty,
which contributes to social exclusion and the
marginalisation.

5.5

With direction from the Ministerial Panel we will review
the importance of work with young people to improve
relations. This will include a focus on:

University of Ulster/University of Oxford: June 2008
‘‘Can contact promote better relations? Evidence for mixed and segregated areas of Belfast’’.

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x

The relationship between young people and intercommunity violence;

x

An examination of the way in which young people’’s
issues inter-relate with the needs of the wider
community and the variety of responses which have
emerged;

x

Possible interventions with the potential to secure
the engagement of young people and the wider
community in common activities. This might
involve engaging youth services, local authorities,
local community and voluntary groups and
agencies, parent support and the police service in a
variety of co-ordinated support interventions;

x

The role of education, youth provision and leisure
services in providing a focus for young people.

x

Ensuring young people are engaged within the
community and have a strong sense of civic
responsibility

5.6

All people within the community need to be fully valued
and respected as equal members of our society. We have

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identified some key groups that need particular
attention:

5.7

x

Young People; and

x

Minority Ethnic Communities.

We need to start the process of promoting mutual
acceptance, civic responsibility and inclusiveness at a
young age. We can use education, youth organisations
and youth interventions to start addressing this process
and at that same time we will provide a safe, welcoming
and inclusive environment for minority ethnic young
people.

5.8

KEY ACTIONS

x

A major Ministerial Panel initiative aimed at
developing a longer term strategic approach to
marginalised young people from all communities to
reduce the risks to sustainable peace;

x

Building a sense of community through aspirations
and shared values of a new society;

x

Addressing civic responsibility;

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x

Focusing on education and promoting greater
understanding of shared values;

x

Getting youth groups to work together on civic
responsibility projects;

x

Establishing multi-faceted partnerships between
indigenous and minority ethnic and migrant worker
communities to share values and celebrate diversity.

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6.

SHARED CULTURES

6.1

We are culturally rich and diverse, and becoming ever
more so. For many years instead of appreciating and
embracing cultural diversity within our society many
people have felt alienated or intimidated by
demonstrations of cultural identity.

6.2 All sections of our community should feel comfortable
expressing and sharing their cultural identity. We
recognise that there needs to be greater sharing and
understanding of the cultural diversity within our
community. This not only applies to new arrivals coming
here to live and work, but also to minority ethnic
communities and long established traditions. We need to
move towards embracing diversity and respecting
difference in an ethos of mutual respect. The new
arrivals provide new occasions and new celebrations
which add to the range of cultural traditions which are to
be enjoyed and embraced by all.

6.3 In the 2007 Life and Times Survey 95% of Protestants and
93% of Catholics surveyed indicated that they respected
the other’’s culture. We want to build on these positive
findings to ensure that this is translated on the ground.
Through the proposed Ministerial Sub-Committee on
Good Relations we want to work with the Department of

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Culture, Arts and Leisure to identify ways of ensuring and
promoting inter-cultural respect and dialogue.

6.3

Although the number of sectarian and racist incidents
and crimes recorded has reduced significantly in recent
years, unfortunately attacks on symbolic premises have
increased since the baseline of 2005/06. In particular
attacks on GAA halls increased by 16 in 2006/07 from 3 in
2005/06. Attacks on Orange Halls doubled since 2005. A
strategy for greater inter-cultural understanding and
respect will have the aim of fostering a change of
attitudes and reduction of attacks. We will monitor
progress though the Good Relations Indicators. We will
continue to work with the PSNI in tackling this type of
hate crime.

6.4

In recent years the traditional marching season has seen
a very marked reduction in tensions and civil
disturbances surrounding parades at many of the most
sensitive interface areas. Information from the PSNI
indicate that disorder at parades decreased from at 34
parades in 2005 down to just 10 in 2007 representing a
decrease from the baseline of 71%. This is undoubtedly
directly attributable to work done behind the scenes by
local communities and organisers of the parades. We
will continue to have Ministerial lead, not only in the

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North Belfast interface areas but also in all areas where
such an intervention could bring a positive impact.

6.5

Local festivals can also contribute to ensuring calm and
a reduction in tensions. A number of festivals have been
developed to ensure diversion in local communities while
other events are on-going. These initiatives are
welcomed and can be developed to ensure calm and a
reduction of tensions in certain key areas over the
summer.

6.5

It is evident that there is a real spirit to move forward
into a new era which matches the aspirations for a new
society.

6.6

Cultural celebration is a vital element of the quality of
life in any society. In the future, cultural tourism can
also be an important contribution to the economy.
Confidence and pride in the peaceful diversity of our
cultural identity is essential to the positive and shared
promotion of cultural tourism.

6.7

At the time of publishing this draft strategy the final
report of the Ashdown Commission6 is anticipated. The
interim recommendations relating to the processes and

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6The

Strategic Review of Parading in Northern Ireland

structures regarding parading have significant relevance
to the outworking of this policy and to the role of both
OFMDFM and District Councils. In pursuit of the
importance of shared culture the Ministerial Panel will
drive an initiative which brings together community
relations, cultural, sporting and arts bodies.

6.8

KEY AIMS

x

Building a peaceful climate of generosity, tolerance
and openness, in which cultural celebration is
welcomed and which builds a pride in our diverse
and rich cultural identities;

x

Working with local communities to find resolution on
all contentious cultural issues;

x

Supporting an ethos of mutual respect in and
understanding of all expressions of cultural identify;

x

Encouraging greater engagement with an
understanding of cultural diversity and inter-cultural
relations through schools, youth clubs and by
supporting outreach programmes;

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x

Working to eliminate attacks on cultural, sporting
and symbolic property; and

x

Promoting cultural exchanges, joint events and
tourism initiatives.

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7.

7.1

A SECURE COMMUNITY

It is essential that this aspect of ‘‘Building a Better Future
is read within the context of the paras 4.6-4.11 which
looks at ‘‘changes in places’’.

7.2

Many people do not feel safe going into an area which is
perceived to be of a different community grouping. This
fear can sometimes be based on a combination of past
experiences, as well as misperception of current
realities. Such fears are hard to eliminate quickly.

7.3

Most people (56%) in Northern Ireland surveyed indicated
that they did not feel that the Government had achieved
the objective of making town centres safe and
welcoming places for people of all walks of life. Although
this represents a reduction from the baseline of 69% we
want to ensure that progress is made. We are committed
to the safety and security of all in every workplace,
public area or social setting.

7.4

The local community can contribute significantly to this
aim by creating more shared spaces and facilities and by
making public areas as welcoming and inclusive as
possible by the removal of paramilitary flags which mark
out local territory, as well as paramilitary murals. We will

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work with the PSNI on the review of the flags protocol.
OFMDFM has funded and will continue to fund the ReImagining Communities initiative which works with the
community to reduce, remove and re-image murals.

7.5

More inclusive and culturally diverse community events
in public areas could also encourage greater integration
and shared use.

7.6

The PSNI has an important part to play in ensuring the
security and safety of all people. We will work closely
with the PSNI to ensure community safety, to lower antisocial or threatening behaviour, and to ensure safety and
mutual respect for all.

7.7

KEY AIMS

x

Encouraging community events which reflect cultural
diversity and are open, welcoming and inclusive to
all;

x

Ensuring that the PSNI provide a high level of
community safety in an overarching ethos of mutual
respect;

x

Based on the principle of mutual respect, continue to
promote initiatives which reflect acceptance of

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cultural diversity and the ways in which it is
expressed;

x

Building community support networks across
community, cultural and minority ethnic groups;

x

Building capacity of local and minority ethnic
communities to support people who have
experienced race and sectarian crime; and

x

Developing a ‘‘tension monitoring’’ model, one which
can be used as part of our Crisis Intervention
proposal.

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8.

A COHESIVE COMMUNITY;
REACHING OUT AND BEING INCLUSIVE

8.1

Embracing and celebrating diversity is central to the full
participation of all people within the wider community.
Hate crime is a violent, destructive and frightening scar
on society and responding to it means that both the
majority communities need to stand up and protect those
within our community who are suffering harassment and
intolerance. Racist graffiti and the targeting of the
homes of the new arrivals and settled minority ethnic
communities should not be tolerated. Communities must
unite in condemnation of these attacks. Communities
should also reach out to embrace new arrivals and
communities, to be supportive of them and to work
closely with the PSNI to ensure that racist, sectarian or
homophobic harassment is utterly opposed.

8.2

Integration is a dynamic, two-way process of mutual
accommodation by all minority ethnic communities and
local community. The local Chinese community is a
living example. Their integration has been successfully
achieved without any loss of identify and with the
richness of the Chinese culture being appreciated and
valued by the host community.

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8.3

Integration also implies respect for the shared values of
our society. Basic knowledge of the host society’’s
language, history, and institutions is indispensable to
integration; enabling immigrants to acquire this basic
knowledge is a key element to successful cohesion and
integration.

8.4

The recent and ongoing arrival of new citizens and
communities offers an extra potential to change the
context within which the divisions have been maintained.
It provides the opportunity to develop a set of policy
measures which can change the future for our
““traditional”” communities and can help to integrate new
communities into a more cohesive society.

Embracing Difference and Celebrating Cultural Diversity

8.5

We want to ensure that all new arrivals and migrant
communities are welcomed and supported within our
community. We should not tolerate any racism or hate
crime within our communities. We should reach out, help
and support those new arrivals. Moving to a new
country, with new customs and language is a challenge
for anyone, particularly if elements of the host
community are seen to be unwelcoming or threatening.

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8.6

Through this pro-active approach, the recent and ongoing
arrival of new people and communities offers an extra
potential to change the context within which the
divisions have been maintained. It provides the
opportunity to develop a set of policy measures which
can change the future for our ““traditional”” communities
and can help to integrate new communities into a more
cohesive society.

8.7

Migrant workers play an essential role in our economy.
Employers here have increasingly turned to migrant
workers to fill labour and skills gaps. Migrant workers
are generally regarded as one of the most
entrepreneurial sectors in our community and drivers of
our economy.

8.8

It is evident that this strategy brings both opportunities
and responsibilities for the public sector, private sector
and the Trade Unions. The partnership work around
Anti-Racist Workplace Week demonstrates that
employers and Trade Unions generally do take this issue
very seriously.

Accordingly the Ministerial Panel will

take on board the interests, inter alia, of the private
sector and trades unions to draw the work of this social
partnership, with which the Equality Commission is
closely involved, into the Programme for Cohesion,
Sharing and Integration.

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8.9

Whilst we continue to experience consistently high levels
of economic inactivity, (including increased
unemployment) our reliance on migrant workers is,
nevertheless, unlikely to diminish. Our expanding
economy and the planned investment in major
infrastructure projects set out in the Programme for
Government will, almost certainly, require the
recruitment of some labour and skills from elsewhere.

8.10 KEY AIMS

x

x

Zero tolerance for crimes motivated by prejudice.

Increased funding under the Ethnic Minority Fund and
support for sustained inter-cultural work.

x

Promoting greater understanding between
established communities and new arrivals.

x

Working closely with the PSNI, District Policing
Partnerships, Community Safety Partnerships and
Probation Board in local areas to address racist and
hate crime including developing a new tension
monitoring model.

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x

Encouraging greater understanding of new cultures
and arrivals.

x

Building inclusive communities open to all residents,
no matter what their background.

x

Developing workplace initiatives to promote
understanding of cultural diversity.

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9.

LOCAL PEOPLE/LOCAL SOLUTIONS –– THE ROLE FOR
DISTRICT COUNCILS

9.1

Local leaders are responsible for the quality of life of the
whole community in which they live and serve. They
have a key responsibility for bringing communities
together. The challenges are naturally very different in
different places. The need is for actions and
programmes to meet local, individual circumstances
devised by, and involving, people who understand the
issues and know the local communities. Effective
solutions to specific problems will only result from the
long-term and dedicated work of many organisations and
individuals. Positive outcomes do not arrive overnight.
Sustained, joined-up working which is properly supported
to deliver incremental improvement is key. This local
work is vital to build up communities’’ confidence and
resilience in the face of change.

9.2

We recognise that a ““top down, one size fits all
approach”” does not work. Government must set the
framework for action; the principles to be applied at local
level; and through its own joined-up commitment to a
shared and better future support local initiatives. It must
ensure accountability. It must ensure an effective

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““challenge”” function is in place to guarantee Councils’’
local action plans are aligned with local priorities.

9.3

Under this programme it is proposed that this dual role of
support and challenge continue be exercised by the
Community Relations Council in partnership with the
Equality Commission and OFMDFM under the Race
Relations Order 1997 and Section 75 duties of the NI Act
1998.

9.4

Currently all 26 local councils participate in an OFMDFM
sponsored District Council Community Relations
Programme totalling approximately £2.5m. Through the
Programme OFMDFM ensure that each District Council
has officer(s) dedicated to providing a support role for
local councils and the capacity to deliver a range of
activities which fit with each council’’s good relations
strategic action plan and Government funding criteria.
This vitally important role for Local Government will
continue under this programme.

9.5

In line with the renewed emphasis on activity at the local
level, the current programme will be enhanced to provide
a better resourced and more focused local good relations
and racial equality programme. It is anticipated that the
District Councils’’ Programme budget will increase
substantially over the next 2 years.

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LOCAL PLANS

9.6

As reflected in paras 9.12-9.14, it is anticipated that
planning for a shared and better future will be an integral
part of local planning. The planning process must be
informed by and based on objective audits of current and
anticipated good relations and racial equality needs in
the local area. This is already an established practice in
most Council areas but future funding will require this to
become:

x

a biennial process for all; and

x

form an integral part of Councils’’ community
planning responsibilities (with the progressive
implementation of RPA restructuring).

9.7

In developing local plans, it will be necessary that they:

x

demonstrate alignment with the aims and objectives
of current good relations and good race relations
policy;

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x

reflect local good relations needs established and
prioritised through evidence-based research/good
relations audit outcomes;

x

ensure that the scope of the plans address ‘‘minority
ethnic community’’ issues, particularly racial
harassment and racism;

x

explain how resources will be allocated to deliver
the plan;

x

include clear methodology to evaluate the impact;

x

demonstrate linkages with PEACE III Peace Plans;
and

x

are directed to both transform local communities and
also to mainstream good relations into ““the
corporate DNA”” of the organisation; officers and
elected members alike (which is the anticipated
outcome of Section 75).

9.8

Since 1995, European funding has been an invaluable
additional resource to help build relationships between
communities. For as long as this continues to be
available, particularly currently through PEACE III, it is
vital that the continuance of Government and European

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finance is integrated to maximise the impact in the lives
of people and communities at the local level. In the
planning process it will be a requirement for Councils to
ensure the programmes compliment each other and to
ensure supplementary allocation and utilisation of both
funding streams against local programme activities.

9.9

Plans should address the following priority areas:-

x The creation of safe and shared public space;

x

Holistic interventions which particularly challenge
and engage the most marginalised of young people
especially those engaged in or vulnerable to
sectarian or racist attacks. With a cross-cultural,
cross-community emphasis, action should aim to
contribute to targeting reductions in:

-

Violent behaviour, especially around symbolic
events;

-

criminal damage and anti-social behaviour;

-

racist and sectarian incidents;

-

racist and sectarian crimes; and

-

Attacks on ““symbolic”” properties.

We will recognise the need for flexibility to address
the local issues.

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x

Integration of minority ethnic communities including
improvement of access to public services, capacity
building for minority ethnic groups and providing
support to people experiencing intimidation and
attacks.

x

Progress towards the embracing of diversity in
cultural celebration through specific local action at
community level to put in place:

-

Local council-led ““flag”” protocols;

-

community art projects to re-image local
communities, foster pride and create shared
space;

-

support for innovative approaches towards
cultural celebration;

-

Ensuring greater understanding of cultural
diversity

-

Safety for all in demonstrations of cultural
celebration

-

dialogue and process in order to reach
agreements around contentious events; and

-

shared history projects.

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x

Increased capacity within the Council and local
communities, including minority ethnic communities
to work in partnership to tackle community divisions.

x

Development of methodologies to measure impact
(rather than output) on sectarian and racist attitudes
and behaviours at the local level.

9.10 With the planned increase in funding for the District
Councils’’ programme we will review funding
arrangements to local groups involved in challenging
sectarianism and racism. In consultation with District
Councils and local stakeholders we will develop criteria
for core funding (and small grants) to ensure consistency
in future arrangements with a view to introducing new
arrangements in 2010/11.

9.11 We will also work closely with other Departments and
funding bodies providing financial support, often through
District Councils, to communities for related capacity
building/direct intervention purposes to enable the
impact and value of investment to be maximised.

THE LINK WITH RPA

9.12 Until the reorganisation of local government is complete
we will continue to contract with current District

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Councils in their delivery of Good Relations programmes
to meet the identified needs in their areas. Once RPA reorganisation is in place contractual funding relationships
will be with the new local government bodies.

9.13 Current RPA planning anticipates legislation relating to
Community Planning and Well Being being implemented
by May 2011. In addition to the changed contractual
relationships referred to above there will be provision in
the enabling RPA legislation and Community Planning
Statutory Guidance to directly link community planning
processes with good relations planning.

9.14 It is proposed that DOE local government legislation will
include a provision that:

““(1)-A district council shall in exercising its community
planning and well being functions-

(a) act in a way it considers best calculated to
contribute to the achievement of improved
sustainable good relations, and
(b) prepare a good relations action plan for each
year ending on 31 March.

(2)-In exercising the duties in subsection (1), a council
shall have regard to any guidance issued by the Office of

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the First Minister and Deputy First Minister for the
purposes of promoting good relations, including good
race relations.””

9.15 We would emphasise that the proposed legislative
provision is designed to complement and underpin local
councils’’ existing obligations under the Race Relations
Order 1997and Section 75 (1) and (2) of the Northern
Ireland Act 1998. The role of the Equality Commission in
providing advice to Councils under existing legislation is
not affected by the draft clauses referred to in para 9.14.

REGIONAL SUPPORT FOR LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION

9.16 In a context of change, there is a need for work at the
regional support level to:
x

Sustain and underpin quality of action at the local
level;

x

Provide practical, consistent support, training and
guidance; and

x

Support innovative actions to develop and promote
good relations which extend beyond local
boundaries or which are of regional significance.

9.17 This regional strand will also support capacity building
measures and resources required to enable minority

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ethnic people and new arrivals to participate fully and
effectively in public, economic, social and cultural life.

9.18 We see this regional support and co-ordination function
being provided by the Community Relations Council as a
body sponsored by OFMDFM working to the Ministerialled Panel. As reflected previously the Equality
Commission continues to have a role to play in its
statutory capacity. To ensure effectiveness and
efficiency in terms of public expenditure and for the
benefit of public clarity on the complementary functions
we will publish an updated Memorandum of
Understanding between the Equality Commission, the
Community Relations Council, the Racial Equality Forum
and representatives from minority ethnic communities.

THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL

9.19 We envisage the functions of the Council will include:

-

Providing training and development, support, advice,
guidance and a source of specialist expertise to
District Councils, in the development of their good
relations plans;

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-

Maintaining a challenge function to regional
government and local government on their good
relations policies and programmes;

-

Acting as a conduit for grant funding to District
Councils and work at the local/community level
(including good race relations); directly supporting
initiatives of a regional nature (again including good
race relations) through grant funding. The latter will
require the Council to develop relationships with the
minority ethnic sector and expertise in this area;

-

Connecting actions at regional and local levels;

-

Identifying issues in high-risk areas and co-ordinating
necessary actions in co-operation with other public
agencies and community bodies;

-

Ensuring local plans and actions dovetail with the
strategic objectives of this programme and meet
local needs;

-

Providing effective co-ordination between minority
ethnic groups working to deliver regional and local
support;

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-

Seeking practical interventions to meet
developmental requirements of those working on the
ground –– at local and community level;

-

Ensuring issues which are evident across several
council areas or are thematic are addressed at the
regional level; and

-

Best practice is developed and shared.

9.20 As emphasised in para 9.18 many of these roles are
complementary to the statutory role of ECNI and this will
be addressed in a revised Memorandum of
Understanding.

9.21 Subject to the outcome of consultation we envisage this
process commencing during 2009/10 with full
implementation by April 2010.

RACIAL EQUALITY FORUM

9.22 We recognise the strategic importance of the Racial
Equality Forum and we reaffirm our commitment to it and
its work. The Forum will continue to monitor
implementation of Departmental Action Plans and
Departmental Race Champions. As indicated previously
the relationship between the Forum, the Community

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Relations Council and the Equality Commission will be
vital as we address the two major problems of racism
and sectarianism at both local and regional levels.

9.23 The Forum will be represented on the Ministerial-led
Good Relations Panel.

10.

LOOKING OUTWARD

THE NORTH/SOUTH, EAST/WEST AND EUROPEAN
DIMENSIONS

10.1 It has already been recognised that improving
relationships within our society should also be viewed in
the wider context of developing relationships on a
north/south, east/west basis. Furthermore, it is essential
to appreciate and allow for the impact of the expansion
of the European Community on society and intercommunity relationships as the diversity of cultures
grows and grows.

10.2 The reality is that ours is a society of many identities and
if this policy is to achieve its full potential we must

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ensure that an effective outward looking dimension is
part of it. It must be part of our contribution both to
learn from others’’ experiences and to continue to share
our own with areas such as the Middle East and the
Balkan states.

10.3 We have clearly emphasised that the priorities for this
policy are sectarianism and racism and their impact on
relationships between our traditional communities and
our new communities. As we emerge from conflict, much
has changed in terms of relations not only north and
south but also east and west, alongside the economy and
infrastructure. We have witnessed increase movement of
capital, migration and working across borders.

10.5 The devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales
provide an opportunity for us to share experiences and it
is essential that the East/West link is robust to enable
Northern Ireland factors to be recognised within national
immigration policies.

10.6 The Scottish Executive is equally committed to tackling
sectarianism and racism and we would seek to learn
from their initiatives such as the successful ‘‘Nil by
Mouth’’ campaign as well as the innovative Old Firm
Alliance initiative where Rangers and Celtic are

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committed to working with young people to challenge
sectarian behaviours.

WAY FORWARD

10.7 It has been a perception that policies which have been
working to build relationships within our society have
done so to the exclusion of these wider dimensions. This
perception is not accurate and much good work has been
undertaken to promote networking between individuals,
groups and agencies.

10.8 The new administration here has also worked closely
with Westminster and the other devolved regions.
However there remain between sections of society ––
north and south, east and west –– misunderstandings and
mistrusts which undermine the development of our
culture and inter-community relations. We have much to
learn, both from each other and about our history. The
case studies above demonstrate the positive impact
projects which challenge long standing misperceptions in
both our communities are having on the view of
communities about the nature of future relationships.

10.9 Re-building communities and strengthening social and
community cohesion has been a challenge for many
different societies. We want to learn lessons from those

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which have successfully addressed similar problems. We
want to identify and adopt best practice in building
cohesion.

10.10 KEY AIMS

x

Identifying key exemplar projects which have proven
track records of success.

x

Sharing of relevant research on a North/South,
East/West and European basis.

x

Encouraging shared community, cultural and sporting
initiatives.

x

Mutual promotion of cultural diversity on
North/South, East/West and European levels

x

Encouraging better social networks.

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FRAMEWORK FOR STRATEGIC ACTION

11.1 The Programme for Government clearly sets out that
delivering a shared and better future is an outcome
which will only be achieved through the cross-cutting
theme being at the heart of ‘‘all our policies and
programmes across Government’’. Whilst OFMDFM leads
in the development of good relations and good race
relations policy and has ownership of the PSA target to
bring forward proposals for a Programme for Cohesion,
Sharing and Integration, delivering a shared and better
future is an Executive commitment which all Ministers
and Departments have agreed to share equally. The
process and the outcome will therefore be the sum of all
the contributions which Departments, their associated
agencies, all public bodies and local government will
make in line with the principles and objectives of good
relations and good race relations policy.

11.2 A key dimension to implementing ‘‘Building a Better
Future, is the Ministerally led Good Relations Panel. Both
OFMDFM Junior Ministers will lead the group having set
for themselves a role of drawing together a top level
group, which will also include key stakeholders including
representatives from the minority ethnic communities, in
order that the policy priorities are quickly translated into

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joined-up strategic direction and co-ordinated practical
actions to address the themes of the CSI Programme.
The Ministers’’ Panel will establish inter-agency groups to
deliver outcomes which make immediate and meaningful
improvements in the lives of people. Ministers will also
set in place longer term work to address more deeply
embedded issues. Both actions will be based on:

x

inter-departmental working; and

x

embedding the specific focus of good relations and
good race relations policy into policies and
programmes across Government.

11.3 Ministers are resolved to ensure that ‘‘bottom up/top
down’’ is seen to work and for that reason only we do not
wish to be prescriptive about detailed actions beginning
in April 2009. However it is important to provide a clear
sense of direction and timescales in order that our
partners at the local level, including minority ethnic
groups, and in local government can plan accordingly.
We are therefore providing an outline Action Plan for
consideration as part of the consultation process.

11.4 Having established the strategic direction of good
relations policy we will require the principles and
objectives to be reflected in District Councils good
relations action plans which are funded by OFMDFM. We

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will produce revised guidance to Councils to facilitate
this requirement.

11.5 In keeping with the key targets elaborated in para 4.10
we are committing to the following actions for Year 1 of
the Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration.

11.6 KEY AIMS

Key Aim 1 - Safety
x

Public spaces, thoroughfares, community facilities,
town centres should be safe and shared by the
whole community.

Key Aim 2 –– Equality and Inclusion
x

All public authorities, discharge functions and
deliver services equally and inclusively. (Barriers
which can be experienced by minority ethnic people
are particularly addressed).

Key Aim 3 - Services
x

Duplication of services should be targeted to
enhance delivery of shared services to support the
creation of cohesive, integrated communities.

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Key Aim 4 –– Respect and Acceptance
x

A culture of mutual respect and acceptance is the
normative standard.

Key Aim 5 –– Expressing our Cultures
x

Displays of cultural identity should be peaceful and
welcoming and for the enjoyment of all.

11.7 We recognise that other funding bodies are also
focussing their support on the same priorities as ‘‘Facing
A New Future’’. We would wish to work in partnership
with these bodies and with communities particularly to
develop exemplar projects in issues such as:

x

marginalised young people and the relationships
between poverty/social exclusion/disadvantage and
community tensions; and

x

regeneration of interface areas seeking to initiative
pilots which provide a holistic approach to
rebuilding communities both relationally and
economically.

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OCTOBER REDRAFT

KEY AIM 1 - SAFETY
Objectives
Public spaces,
thoroughfares,
community facilities,
town centres should be
safe and shared by the
whole community.

Actions/Priority
A ‘‘Shared Space’’
initiative addressing the
role of planning,
regeneration and
housing.
Zero tolerance for
crimes, including racist
attacks motivated by
prejudice.
Closer working with
PSNI, DPP’’s, Community
Safety Partnerships and
PBNI at local level to
address racist and hate
crimes.
A Peace Walls Task
Force will be established

Targets
As specified in Good
Relations Indicators
Baseline Report
published in January 27.
(Priorities 1, 2, 3, 5 and
6)

Partner Departments and
Bodies
Department for Social
Development
Police Service for
Northern Ireland
Department of
Environment
Department for Regional
Development
District Councils
Minority Ethnic Groups
OFMDFM
Northern Ireland Office

with remit to work with
local communities to
plan for the removal of
peace walls.
A multi-agency ‘‘Crisis
Intervention’’ model will
be developed to tackle
sectarian and racial
violence.

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KEY AIM 2 –– EQUALITY AND INCLUSION
Objectives

All public authorities
discharge functions and
deliver services equally
and inclusively.
(Barriers which can be
experienced by minority
ethnic people are
particularly addressed)

Actions/Priority

Good Relations Planning
and Community Planning
duties linked within RPA
Legislation.
Minority Ethnic
representatives in
Ministerial led Good
Relations Panel.

Targets

Good Relations
Indicators (Priorities 5,
7, 8 and 9).
Monitored compliance
with statutory
responsibilities
particularly under
section 75 1 and 2 of the
NI Act.

Partner Departments and
Bodies
All Government
Departments
Minority Ethnic Groups
Equality Commission
District Councils
NILGA
Community Relations
Council

Increased funding under
the Minority Ethnic Fund
and support for
sustained inter-cultural
work.
ECNI compliance
monitoring reported to

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Ministerial Good
Relations Panel.

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KEY AIM 3 - SERVICES
Objectives
Duplication of services
should be targeted to
enhance delivery of
shared services to
support the creation of
cohesive, integrated
communities.

Actions/Priority

Targets

Establish an Executive
Ministerial SubCommittee to reduce
and eventually remove
unnecessary duplication
of services (particularly
in health, housing and
education).

Good Relations
Indicators (Priorities 4, 8
and 11)

Partner Departments and
Bodies
DSD/DCAL/DE/NIO/DFP
OFMDFM/District
Councils/ Minority Ethnic
Groups/NISRA

Planning processes for
delivery of public
services incorporate
neighbourhood good
relations indicators as a
key element of decision
making.
Current Good Relations
Indicators will be
extended from a regional

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level to include
neighbourhood data.
Funding arrangements
for community
development, community
support, good relations,
community safety to be
reviewed to develop a
simpler and more coordinated process.

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KEY AIM 4 –– RESPECT AND ACCEPTANCE
Objectives
A culture of mutual
respect and acceptance
is the normative
standard.

Actions/Priority

Targets

Good Relations
Revised funding
Indicators (Priorities 1,
mechanisms to be
2, 3 and 5).
developed to build
capacity in communities,
including minority ethnic
communities, for
implementation from
April 2010.
Funding for community
events, cultural
exchanges and tourism
initiatives to be
reviewed in light of
refreshed good relations
policy.
Workplace Indicators to
improve understanding
of cultural diversity will

Partner Departments and
Bodies
DE/DSD/OFMDFM/CRC/
District
Councils/DEL/ECNI
/Minority Ethnic Groups

Trade Unions/Employer
Bodies/Minority Ethnic
Groups/DETI/DEL

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be expanded.
Develop a ‘‘shared
spaces protocol’’ for
educational, sports and
cultural facilities and
events.

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KEY TARGET 5 –– EXPRESSING OUR CULTURES
Objectives

Displays of cultural
identity should be
peaceful and
welcoming for the
enjoyment of all.

Actions/Priority

Reimaging Communities
Programme to become
mainstreamed into Arts
Council initiatives with
funding for 3 years
established.
A combined PSNI/Local
Government initiative
focusing on attacks on
cultural, sporting and
symbolic property
initiated.
OFMDFM to take
forward
recommendations from
the Ashdown

Targets

Good Relations
Indicators (Priorities 1,
2, 3, 5 and 9).

Partner Departments and
Bodies
DCAL/NIHE/DSD/OFMDFM

District
Councils/PSNI/Youth
Justice Agency/DCAL

OFMDFM/NIO/District
Councils

District

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Commission on
parading.

Councils/OFMDFM/ECNI/DOE

District Councils to
update local flags
protocols and bonfire
schemes.

DRD/NIHE/ECNI/PSNI/NIO

Update of interagency
Flags Protocol to be
completed.

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