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'Britain could burn like Paris' warns Urban Task Force member

A leading member of the reconvened Urban Task Force has warned that Britain's cities are on a 'knife-edge' that could lead to the rioting seen in France over recent weeks.

LSE professor of social policy Anne Power, speaking at the launch of the second Urban Task Force report on Tuesday, claimed that the ethnic polarisation in Britain's inner cities has led to a rise of extreme community tension.

At the report's launch, the Urban Task Force claimed that 'too little real work is going on to help integrate distinct communities and virtually nothing was being done to hold on to existing residents'.

Power went on to urge local authorities to engage communities to 'have a stake in' ongoing urban regeneration.

The Task Force member went on to condemn 'policy working directly against integration through housing oversupply in declining regions and insensitivity in targeted lettings.'

by Rob Sharp

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