The Ties that Bind: Citizenship and Civic Engagement in the 21st Century - Follow-up report Contents

Appendix 3: Acronyms and glossary


Association for Citizenship Teaching

Cabinet Committee

Cabinet committees are groups of ministers that can ‘take collective decisions that are binding across government.’ They are partly designed to reduce the burden on the full cabinet by allowing smaller groups of ministers to take decisions on specific policy areas. Prime ministers choose the remit and membership and can make decisions to establish or abolish cabinet committees.

Civic journey

A concept developed in the 2018 report, to describe the way in which an individual’s relationship with the state and their fellow citizens may change over a lifetime.


Department for Education


Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Inter-Ministerial Group

Inter-ministerial groups (IMGs) are groups that bring together ministers to ‘support the collective policy development process, including feeding into a relevant cabinet committee, and support decision-making by ministers within departments where collective agreement is not required.’ They cannot make binding decisions. These groups tend to be approved by the prime minister.

Life in the UK test

A computer-based test constituting one of the current requirements for anyone seeking Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or naturalisation as a British citizen.


Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (now DLUHC)


National Citizen Service


The Office for Standards in Education Children’s Services and Skills


Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education

Safe and Integrated Communities Inter-Ministerial Group

The Safe and Integrated Communities Inter-Ministerial Group was appointed in February 2018. Its terms of reference is: ‘To ensure that the necessary action is taken to build integrated communities and to counter those who seek to sow discord and disharmony within them.’

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