Fury as ministers water down plan to end migrant-only zones and abandon bold integration plans from Dame Louise Casey

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid publishes the government’s long-awaited Integration Strategy today, having sat on it for more than a year.

But campaigners were dismayed when it emerged a host of key recommendations from a landmark report by Dame Louise Casey have been either dumbed down or abandoned altogether.

In a damning 198-page indictment commissioned by former PM David Cameron, the senior civil servant slammed successive governments for failing to handle the downsides of mass immigration.

Instead, segregation along religious and race lines has spiralled and worsened the pull of extremism, she warned.

But Mr Javid has:

  • AXED her call for public office holders to swear allegiance to British values
  • DROPPED targets to ensure everyone living here can speak English
  • ABANDONED a council register of home schooling
  • ONLY committed a quarter of the £200million over two years that Dame Louise needed to implement the plan.

Writing for The Sun today, Mr Javid reveals he will today announce some of Dame Louise’s measures.

They include naming five ‘integration areas’ for initial action – Blackburn, Bradford, Peterborough, Waltham Forest and Walsall.

But Mr Javid’s action plan also includes a series of further reviews rather than hard decisions, amid ongoing rows inside government of how bold to be on the strategy.

They include studies include toughening English language requirements for family visas, and the Life in the UK Test for immigrants.

But the extra consultations mean more delays, with ministers having already sat on Ms Casey’s report for 16 months after it was delivered in December 2016.

Frustrated Dame Louise has called for “bold policies”, saying only determined action will “heal the rifts across Britain”.

The campaigning social reformer said: “You can’t tiptoe round these issues.”

Writing for The Sun today, she also sets ministers five fresh tests to ensure they are delivering on their initial promises.

She warns: “it’s also crucially important that this strategy now moves beyond words on a page and debates in Westminster and starts to take really meaningful action.

Despite the withering criticism, Mr Javid still insisted: “Successive governments have refused to deal with the integration challenges we face head on, preferring to let people muddle along and live isolated and separated lives.

“We will put an end to this.”

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