Summit to unite communities

Calderdale will host a “community cohesion summit,” councillors have agreed.

Councillors, council officers and other stakeholders - including the NHS and police - will be invited to contribute to the summit, suggested to cabinet by the council’s Communities Scrutiny Panel.

Communities Scrutiny Panel chair Councillor Helen Rivron said: “Lots of excellent work is done by the council, the police and other organisations with communities, to address some of the very real issues that some people face about inequalities, exclusion and disadvantage.

“But we want to make sure that we are taking all the opportunities we can to strengthen communities by working together and thinking imaginatively.

“It is important that councils and other organisations have genuine discussions with citizens and communities and don’t just work on assumptions that we know what they are thinking and what they need.”