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Citizenship Committee seeks German perspective on integration and democratic engagement


The House of Lords Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement will take evidence from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Youth Focus North-West, German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs at its meeting on Wednesday 29 November.

The first evidence session will start at 10:30am in Committee Room 3A of the House of Lords. Giving evidence will be:

  • Dr Henry Tam, former Head of Civil Renewal at the Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Councillor Saima Ashraf, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership and Engagement, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • Mr Stuart Dunne, Deputy Chief Executive, Youth Focus North-West

Questions are likely to include:

  • What do you think is the current state of civic engagement in the UK
  • Do you feel that the area you work in has better or worse than average engagement?
  • What role should local authorities play in encouraging volunteering?
  • To what extent are local communities involved in the provision of nationally run volunteering schemes like the National Citizen Service?
  • What role should local authorities play in encouraging democratic engagement?
  • What role should local authorities play in integration?

At 11.30am, giving evidence will be:

  • Ms Mira Turnsek, Senior Official, German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs

Questions are likely to include:

  • Can you tell us a little about the scale of the problem Germany faces in promoting civic engagement?
  • The German Government has a Strategy to Prevent Extremism and Promote Democracy. To what extent do you think that these two things are linked?
  • Is the German naturalisation programme for new arrivals successful in fostering integration and civic engagement?
  • The German Government's strategy mentions democratic values, basic human values and the values of the constitution. Is there an official definition of these values?
  • Do you have any views on the strengths and weaknesses of the British approach to integration?
     

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