Michael Burton 08 June 2017

A bulging in-tray awaits the communities secretary next week

Whoever walks into Marsham Street next Monday morning as the secretary of state for communities and local government, whether it be the incumbent Sajid Javid, or another, will find an in-tray filled with some very hot potatoes – and these won’t be an early lunch gift from civil servants.

First, the terrorist outrages during the election campaign have focused attention on the importance of community cohesion, part of the Communities and Local Government brief which often gets sidelined.

There has also been substantial media coverage about the success or otherwise of the Prevent strategy in which social services departments have a key role.

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