Pickles attacks multiculturalism
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has attacked multiculturalism as the "politics of division", and pledged that the English language and the Christian faith will remain at the centre of public life.
Local communities will be encouraged to "come together" in order to deal with the "unprecedented" changes caused by immigration, under Government integration plans announced today.
The paper advocates the teaching of British culture in schools, and wider support for English language provision among immigrant communities.
Mr Pickles said he was proud of the UK's history of integration and the benefits it's brought.
"Britain is a place where the vast majority of people from all walks of life get on well with each other," he said.
"I welcome the contribution of everyone, but those who advocate separate lives are wrong. It is time to concentrate on the things that unite the British people."
Communities minister Andrew Stunell said the Coalition was committed to "breaking down barriers".
"We have many balanced and successful communities but we know this is not the case everywhere and there are still enduring problems in many neighbourhoods," he said.