Headlines: March 19th, 2002

A former local government chief executive has been appointed as chair of the Community Cohesion Panel that will work alongside the Ministerial Group concentrating on this topic.The Home Office says the panel will comprise around a dozen people with knowledge of the issues raised by events such as the disturbances in Bradford, Burnley and Oldham last Summer. It will also help integrate Community Cohesion into policy across Whitehall and local government.

It’s another example of someone with on-the-ground experience being brought in to influence central government thinking. Ted Cantle is an Associate Director of the Improvement and Development Agency (IdeA) for Local Government. Until March of last year he was Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council and has previously worked for Leicester City Council, Wakefield MDC and Manchester City Council.