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We are helping to alleviate persistent poverty by building resilient communities through our Communities First programme, which supports the most disadvantaged people in our most deprived areas.

A number of other programmes focus on tackling financial exclusion, providing employment and training opportunities, and helping more people to use the internet.

We live in increasingly diverse communities due to economic migration, intergenerational differences, the impact of poverty and the growing influence of extremism.

Our community cohesion policies face these challenges by encouraging integration, valuing differences and focussing on the shared values that join people together.